The UK is to give £50m ($64m) in aid money to help stop female genital mutilation (FGM) in Africa.
The government says this is the biggest single investment to date in the world to help end FGM by 2030.
The practice involves removing all or part of a girl or woman’s external genitalia, including the clitoris, with some treating it as a rite of passage.
ActionAid welcomed the funding but said focusing on FGM alone “was not enough” to eradicate violence against women.
The aid package will help fund organisations such as the Saleema project in Sudan, which aims to show girls they can feel empowered if they are left uncut as well as trying to shift the attitudes of older members in the community. Read more