A summit to end female genital mutilation and child marriage

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An international summit to rally a growing movement to end female genital mutilation and child marriage is taking place in London, United Kingdom.

Tuesday's event, co-hosted by the UN's Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the UK Government, will bring together child protection experts as well as field experts from many African and Asian countries.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), female genital mutilation includes procedures that intentionally alter or cause injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons.

UNICEF says the practice denies a staggering number of girls the right to live healthy, fulfilling lives free from violence and discrimination.

Risks for girls who undergo this procedure include prolonged bleeding, infection including HIV, infertility and death.

One of the goals of the summit is to showcase some of the solutions that already exist to end female genital mutilation within communities.

Sophie Outhwaite, United Nations.

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