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UK minister meets Gambian anti-FGM campaigners

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Baroness Northover discussed with the volunteers how to end the practice overseas, reiterating the British government’s commitment to supporting the African-led movement to end FGM within a generation, according to information published on UK Department for International Development website.

She said: “Female Genital Mutilation affects the lives of too many women and girls around the world. The UK government is committed to helping end this harmful practice within a generation, but we can only do so working closely with affected communities here in the UK. The Gambia Volunteers Trust is doing invaluable work that is improving the lives of women and girls here in Leeds.”

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It is estimated that up to 2,600 women and girls are affected by FGM in Leeds. The Gambia Volunteers Trust supports women in the city who have undergone FGM and campaigns to raise awareness of its harmful effects.

Voluntary and community groups with links to The Gambia were recently invited by DFID to apply for grants to support their campaigns to end FGM in their countries of origin as part of a new initiative. The Gambia Volunteers Trust received 5000 pounds of funding from the Home Office to support a FGM awareness training course for volunteers in 2014.

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