A stricter time limit on ending female genital mutilation will be imposed by the Government as it increases its commitment to stamping out the practice, it revealed today.

FGM must be stopped by 2030, International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt pledged. Previously the Government's ambition was to end it "in a generation".

Her announcement comes on the International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM, and she called on everyone to get behind the new timetable.

She said she wants other countries to follow the UK's lead and support the cause, adding: "Together, we have already broken the silence. By 2030 we can and we will end the practice of FGM, but only if we work together."

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