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Togo: Banning Of Female Genital Mutilation

Volume 597: debated on Thursday 25 February 1999

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asked Her Majesty's Government:Whether they will make an official response to the Government of Togo on their campaign (including a legal ban) against female genital mutilation. [HL1013]

This Government welcome the Government of Togo's initiative to abolish female genital mutilation and will be following it up with the Togolese authorities. We regularly look for opportunities to condemn this custom, which we see as a form of violence against women and an abuse of human rights. We are actively supporting programmes which work towards the eradication of this practice.