No woman or girl should ever have to suffer the horrific practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM.) But, in countries like Egypt and Somalia, more than 90% of girls and women over the age of 15 have been cut. Truly shocking statistics.
This has been a taboo for too long – FGM is child abuse and we must help bring the practice to an end.
As a minister for International Development, I have announced a £35million UK Government programme towards this aim, and am doing all I can to raise awareness.
The Department for International Development have launched a Thunderclap in support of ending FGM within a generation.
If over 500 people sign up, the thunderclap app will tweet the same message of support from everyone at the same time. This will get #EndFGM trending, bringing the issue to the attention of millions of twitter users.
Please do sign up and help raise awareness. Together, we can end FGM in a generation.