Holmfirth Girl Guide meets International Development Minister Justine Greening over female genital mutilation

Daisy Draper is a member of Girlguiding’s youth advocacy panel

A Girl Guide from Holmfirth has been discussing the abolition of female genital mutilation (FGM) with a Government minister.

Daisy Draper, 18, met International Development Minister Justine Greening at UK Government’s Youth for Change conference at the Department for International Development in London, last month.

The Youth for Change event was organised to help end FGM and child, early and forced marriage (CEFM).

Daisy, who has completed her A-levels, met delegates from across the UK, India, Pakistan, Nigeria, Malawi, Sierra Leone and Cameroon.

She said: “I applied to take part in the Youth For Change event to learn more about how I, and other young people, can take a role in eradicating child marriage and FGM.

“As an advocate it was wonderful to be at this event with so many other, passionate young people from around the world all seeking to make a change.

“The event not only empowered me to take a stand about the issues raised, but I was also able me to meet a range of inspiring women and hear their stories and their hopes on ending FGM and child marriage.

“Amongst the speakers, Hannah Godefa showed just how much of a difference young people can make; at only 16 she is a UNICEF goodwill ambassador and spoke about the importance of education in eradicating child marriage.

“After having been at the event I truly believe that we can eradicate the practice of FGM and CEFM; I think it is extremely important that we raise awareness of these subjects and not shy away from talking about them.”

The event was designed to bring hundreds of young people together to kick-start and feed into the Girl Summit, held in London, on 22 July.

The Girl Summit brought governments, faith leaders, private sector and civil society organisations together to mobilise efforts to eradicate FGM and CEFM.

Girlguiding’s Advocate Panel is a group of 18 young Girlguiding members aged 14-25 from across the UK, who discuss the issues girls care about and seek change.

They talked about body confidence, representation of girls and women in the media, teenage mental health and more.

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