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To ask the Secretary of State for International Development with reference to the answer of 30 April 2012, Official Report, column 1348W, on female genital mutilation, what recent progress has been made in discussions with African countries on the prevention of female genital mutilation.
The Government is committed to preventing female genital cutting (FGC) and the Department for International Development (DFID) is designing a programme to address this issue. Discussions on the programme will be happening in Senegal and Kenya in the coming weeks. There is a growing momentum among African leaders to end this harmful practice. In particular, leaders from Uganda and Burkina Faso are championing change. In recent months, there have been discussions on ending FGC with a number of African countries including Sierra Leone, Somalia and Sudan. The outcome of these discussions will inform the design of DFID’s work toward ending FGC.