A human rights barrister says men have a duty to speak out against female genital mutilation because without them the practice will not end.

Dexter Dias QC said FGM is not simply a "women's problem". He warned that many men from FGM-practising communities pretend they do not know anything about it — even though it is carried out to please them.

At an FGM conference in Tower Hamlets he said: "It is done by older women on younger women for men. If we want to fight a social practice that is so harmful and is grounded in patriarchy there is little better you can do than to enlist some of the patriarchs."

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