Boris Johnson supports campaign to end female genital mutilation

Today is International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). Since 2010, the Conservatives have created a new offence of failure to protect a girl from FGM, set up a specialist FGM unit to deliver nationwide outreach and launched a £3 million national FGM Prevention Programme alongside several other initiatives.

Over 8,000 communities - around 25 million people – have pledged to end FGM since 2013, meaning more than 3 million women and girls now receive FGM protection and care services thanks to UK Government-supported programmes.

Boris Johnson, MP for Uxbridge and South Ruislip, said of the initiative, “We must do all we can to make sure this barbaric practice is consigned to the history books and is ended throughout the whole of the United Kingdom.”