Bristol student to call on education secretary to write to schools setting out ways to combat female genital mutilation.
The Bristol student Fahma Mohamed is due to meet Michael Gove to press him to seek an end to female genital mutilation in the UK by urging every school to train teachers and parents about the horrors of the practice.
The meeting comes after almost 250,000 people signed a Guardian-backed petition on the campaigning website Change.org calling on Gove to take action.
The campaign has gathered momentum since its launch, at the beginning of the month, becoming one of the biggest campaigns hosted on the site and winning the support of the Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai and the general secretary of the UN, Ban Ki-moon.
As a result of the campaign the Scottish government has already agreed to send a letter to every teacher in Scotland asking them to be proactive about teaching the risks and warning signs of FGM.
Writing today in the Guardian, Mohamed said Gove had the opportunity to make a real difference, She would ask him to write to all schools before the summer holidays offering guidance to teachers about how to tackle FGM, asking headteachers to train staff about warning signs and risk, and calling on them to teach children about the dangers of FGM.
Written By: Alexandra Topping
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