Ban Ki-moon puts UN bodyweight behind Guardian-backed FGM campaign

The UN’s secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, has mentioned he will use the scope and influence of the United Nations to advertise a Guardian-backed campaign which aims to increase international efforts to carry an finish to FGM.

In a meeting with the 17-12 months-old Bristol student Fahma Mohamed, the face of a campaign to place education at the heart of tackling FGM in the Uk, Ban explained he would back the Guardian’s move to support similar grassroots campaigns led by neighborhood media in other nations.

Praising the Guardian’s “inventive and courageous” campaigning journalism, he mentioned: “For me this is the way journalism can make a distinction. Whatever the UN can do to support the campaign we will spare no efforts.”

Final week the training secretary, Michael Gove, met Fahma and other members of the anti-FGM charity Integrate Bristol at the Division of Education and agreed to write to every single major and secondary headteacher in the nation, drawing their focus to safeguarding recommendations and providing distinct information about FGM. The campaign is now set to move on to the global stage, with hopes that its profitable campaigning model, which harnessed classic and social media and activism, can be replicated in other countries.

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