The government is to commit a further £330,000 towards the battle against female genital mutilation (FGM) and forced marriage within at-risk groups in England, in an announcement timed to coincide with the UN's international day of the girl on Saturday.

The announcement comes after campaigners had complained that while £35m has been pledged by the government to eradicate FGM abroad, just £1m has been allocated to tackling the problem in the UK.

The new funds from the government equalities office will be used for projects that offer expertise and support to vulnerable groups, with £100,000 for work to support victims and survivors of forced marriage, and £150,000 for community engagement in the highest risk areas for FGM and forced marriage.

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