Fionnuala Murphy has worked as a campaigner and advocate for global health and women's rights since 2004. She is currently Policy Manager at the International HIV/AIDS Allliance and an active member of the UK Consortium for AIDS and International Development.
Today is International Women’s Day and, to mark the occasion, the Secretary of State for International Development Justine Greening gave an address outlining the UK government’s focus on girls’ and women’s rights. Speaking at an event hosted by the Gender and Development Network, Justine Greening outlined the three core components of the Department For International Development’s work to promote equality for women and girls – choice, control and voice.
For those who don’t know already, female genital mutilation or FGM involves removing or otherwise cutting the external female genitalia. As the aim of FGM is to restrict women’s sexuality, normally all or part of the clitoris is removed. In some cases the whole vulva is stitched up, leaving just a small hole for urine and menstrual blood to pass through.