Summit to end forced marriage and FGM in a generation

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Summit to end forced marriage and FGM in a generation
22nd July 2014

Rallying international support to stop female genital mutilation and forced marriage within a generation is the aim of the first ever Girl Summit being held in London today.

The government have joined forces with UNICEF to host the event at Walworth Academy in Southwark..

Home secretary Theresa May will lead the event with international development secretary Justine Greening as well as government representatives, charities and survivors.

An estimated 66,000 women in England and Wales are living with the aftermath of FGM with more than 20,000 more at risk each year.


Photo exhibition documents forced marriage 

Part of the exhibition documents child marriage around the world.

Portraits of girls as young as eight have been taken by award winning photojournalist Stephanie Sinclair, who said the issue is destroying lives across the globe.

“It shows that a lot of girls in places don’t have their rights,” she said.

“They’re still seen as property to be traded and bartered with between families.”


Victim speaks out about reality of forced marriage

London Live spoke to one victim of forced into marriage after being told by her family that she was going on holiday.

Weeks into the break her family told her she would be staying away from London and marrying a man of their choice.

Summit 'puts London on the world map' in fight against forced marriage and FGM





Aneeta Preem, of Freedom Charity, said the summit puts London on the world map as leaders in the fight against FGM and forced marriage. 


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