Cameron Pledges Aid to End Female Genital Cutting

    NAROK, KENYA - DECEMBER 24: (left to right) Tasaru sponsored girls Sanau Eunice Kamamia, 16, Pirias Jeniffer Kiok, 17, Salula Sylvia Naingisa, 11, Lato Caroline Gilisho, 17 walk to church for Christmas Eve mass December 24, 2006 in Narok, Kenya. The Tasaru Safehouse for Girls supports board, lodging and education of young Maasai girls from preteens to late teens who seek refuge from female circumcision and early marriage. In 2001, the Kenyan government passed the Children's Act which highlights the right of a child to receive an education. It also issues a ban on what is now referred to as Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and early marriage (below 18 years). News of the recent law and the conviction to conform with the changing belief system has not reached many in the rural and remote areas of the Rift Valley. Since many of the Maasai are Christian, workers at the center seek the aid of the Church to use their influence and reach to preach against FGM and early marriage. Many of the pastors who were among the first in their community to be educated during the British rule are strident proponents of education for all genders. Traditionally a young girl is expected to quit school after she is wed in order to perfom her wifely duties such as cooking, cleaning, procreating and caring for the children of her husband's wives. (Photo by Marvi Lacar/Getty Images)

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    British Prime Minister David Cameron is set to announce the “largest-ever” international investment to end female genital mutilation, London’s Sunday Times reported. M.P. Lynne Featherstone will lead the drive that aims to reduce female genital cutting by 30 percent in five years and completely eradicate it within a generation. Female genital mutilation, also known as female circumcision, is banned in Britain, but it’s estimated that up to 24,000 girls are at risk of being sent abroad to undergo the procedure, which is believed to make girls more marriageable in some cultures.

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