BanFGM conference kicks off in Rome

A high-level international conference on female genital mutilation (FGM) has begun in Rome, Italy, where campaign groups, United Nations (UN) officials and government ministers have discussed how to end the practice.

Campaigners at the BanFGM conference called on governments to focus their attentions beyond Africa, where preventative measures have so far been concentrated.

Speaking to Thomson Reuters Foundation News, Isis Elgibali, of German charity WADI, said that FGM is a “much larger problem” than people thought it was just five years ago.

Ms Elgibali added: “I have the feeling that it happens all over the world, but it's not always easy to conduct research.”

At the conference, Sika Kabore, first lady of Burkina Faso, said that boosting education, literacy and independence for girls was vital in the fight against FGM as well as preventing child marriage.

She added that steps have been taken but that “there's a long way to go”.ADNFCR-2094-ID-801831771-ADNFCR