We're backing the Girls Summit Charter to end FGM

Date: 22 Jul 2014

Category: Events

Charter to end FGM

Bristol CCG is delighted to have signed the Charter to end FGM and child, early and forced marriage at the Girls Summit in London.

Bristol Safeguarding Children Board estimates around 2,000 girls in the city are at risk from female genital mutilation.

End FGM within a generation

The aim of the summit was to secure new commitments from the private sector, faith leaders, other civil society organisations and governments to end FGM within a generation and child, early and forced marriage (CEFM).

There was also a public pledge to end FGM and child marriage which reached 700 million people through social media.

Bringing together  campaigners, policymakers and development professionals

Jackie Mathers, Designated Nurse for Safeguarding children represented Bristol CCG at the event which brought together campaigners, policymakers and development professionals, from around the world.

Speakers on the day included the Prime Minister David Cameron and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg as well as girls education champion Malala Yousafzai and actress Freida Pinto.

The Home Secretary Theresa May and Secretary of State for International Development Justine Greening hosted the event, alongside heads of state, practitioners, survivors, charities and community groups and UNICEF.

"Being invited to the summit recognises Jackie’s pioneering work in FGM and all the proactive work here in Bristol. We are delighted for the CCG to sign up to the Charter and look forward to further progress in this field."

- Alison Moon, Transformation and Quality Director for Bristol CCG

The international conference attracted widespread coverage on national television, radio and newspapers.

In October Bristol will be hosting a National FGM Conference for professionals to share best practice.

What is FGM?