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Support for FGM Zero Tolerance Day

06 Feb 2015 05:00 AM

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Today’s United Nation's International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is being supported by Northumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner.

The yearly event, held on 6 February, raises awareness of the harmful practice affecting millions of women and girls worldwide.

The United Nations believes more than 140 million women and girls alive today have undergone some kind of FGM. If current trends continue an additional 86 million girls will be subjected to the practice by 2030.

Vera Baird has helped make FGM a priority in the north east region. It is part of  the joint north east  ‘Violence Against Women and Girls strategy’ she launched with fellow north east Police and Crime Commissioners Barry Coppinger, from Cleveland, and Durham’s Ron Hogg in 2013.

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