Clamping down on forced marriage and FGM worldwide: All hail this new piece of law

The British Government now has a legal obligation to consider how the aid it gives a foreign country can help the rights of women and girls worldwide – including, for example, reducing forced marriage and FGM – under new rules going through Parliament on Thursday. International development secretary Justine Greening explains the significance

This landmark piece of UK legislation puts this and future governments under a legal obligation to place gender equality at the heart of all our overseas aid programmes. In other words, we must consider how we could help reduce forced marriage, or FGM, for example, when we giveBritish aid to overseas countries. It will be life-changing for millions ofoppressed girls and women all over the world.

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