Campaigners against female genital mutilation are mourning the death of Efua Dorkenoo, regarded by many as "the mother" of the global movement to end FGM.

Dorkenoo's pioneering work over three decades strongly contributed to the international recognition of FGM as a public health and human rights issue.

Jane Ellison, Britain's public health minister, tweeted: "We have lost Efua Dorkenoo OBE, mother to a movement & beloved inspiration to so many of us. But generations of girls will bless her."

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