Britain is to launch a major campaign against female genital mutilation (FGM) around the world as part of an ambitious effort to wipe out the brutal practice in a generation.

Lynne Featherstone, international development minister responsible for women, is expected to announce a multi-million pound FGM programme on International Women's Day on Friday. Its aim is to reduce FGM rates by 30 percent in five years.

Britain's Department for International Development (DFID) said the project would contribute to a broader goal of ending the millennia-old ritual in a generation.

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