Cameron Calls For Worldwide Ban On FGM, Child Marriage At Girl Summit

News outlets discuss the Girl Summit in London and report on British Prime Minister David Cameron’s call for a ban on female genital mutilation (FGM) and child marriage.

Agence France-Presse: Worldwide FGM ban sought at ‘Girl Summit’
“Prime Minister David Cameron called on Tuesday for a worldwide ban on female genital mutilation and child marriage as he launched the first U.N.-backed ‘Girl Summit’ on issues that affect millions around the globe…” (Kemp, 7/23).

The Guardian: Somalia, Guinea, Djibouti, Egypt, and Sierra Leone have highest FGM rates
“Girls in parts of the global south continue to be married young, with more than half of girls in the least developed countries wed before their 18th birthday. The prevalence of female genital mutilation (FGM) also remains high, with more than 90 percent of women in Somalia, Guinea, Djibouti, Egypt, and Sierra Leone undergoing the procedure…” (Anderson, 7/22).

New York Times: Britain Moves to Fortify Law to Protect Girls
“Parents in Britain who subject their daughters to genital mutilation will be prosecuted, Prime Minister David Cameron announced Tuesday, a day after new research showed that the number of victims of the practice here is about twice as high as previously believed…” (Bennhold, 7/22).

Reuters: Britain plans new laws to prevent female genital mutilation
“Britain will introduce new laws to combat female genital mutilation (FGM) including making it compulsory for teachers and health workers to report cases, Prime Minister David Cameron said on Tuesday…” (MacLellan/Batha, 7/23).