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Girl Summit 2014: Communities Leading The Way To End FGM/C

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In Burkina Faso, 3 out of 4 girls and women have undergone Female Genital Mutilation / Cutting (FGM/C). But today, only 9% of people there are in favour of the practice. What’s caused this dramatic shift in opinion?

All Africa, Burkina Faso.  Right across the continent, there is a growing African-led movement for change.  A UN General Assembly resolution led by the Africa Group called for a global ban on the practice in December 2012. The First Lady of Burkina Faso, Chantal Compaore, played a vital role in driving this resolution, and has been dedicated to ending FGM/C in her country for over 20 years.

UK aid is supporting peer education through the UNICEF and UNFPA Joint Programme in Burkina Faso and across Africa, and these combined efforts are working.

This photo story from DFID reveals the people and communities leading the way in making extraordinary progress to end FGM/C.

Please continue to read the story on Blog.

Extreme poverty affects women and girls disproportionately, and early marriage and FGM are two issues that need urgent action.  On 22 July, the UK will host the first Girl Summit, bringing global decision makers and civil society together with the aim of ending FGM and child, early and forced marriage within a generation.

Show your support and help make that happen by adding your own pledge to the Girl Summit site.


Get more information about the Girl Summit 2014 on their website, get updates on Facebook and follow them @girlsummit on Twitter.