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A special badge to celebrate the beginning of the end of female genital mutilation has been launched.

London activist and FGM survivor Nimco Ali created the triangular brooch to mark the fact that ending the brutal practice is a tangible reality.

The gold-plated pin, pictured, was also made to coincide with tomorrow's international day of zero tolerance for FGM — and to celebrate the seventh birthday of Ms Ali's niece Sofia, the first girl in her family to remain uncut.

Ms Ali said: "I was seven when I underwent FGM and the fact that she is the same age but her world is so far removed from mine is something to celebrate."


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