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What was achieved at the Girl Summit 2014 - who signed the charter, the commitments that were made, photos from the day and video footage.
On 22 July 2014, the UK government and UNICEF hosted the first Girl Summit, aimed at mobilising domestic and international efforts to end female genital mutilation (FGM) and child, early and forced marriage (CEFM) within a generation.
Watch the highlights from the summit:
UNICEF “No time to lose” film: explains all the latest facts and stats on CEFM and FGM. It was first presented at the summit in July.
The agenda for change
The summit resulted in commitments to take action to end FGM and CEFM from organisations, governments, businesses, communities and individuals across the world.
The Girl Summit Charter on ending female genital mutilation and child, early and forced marriage (PDF, 567KB, 1 page) was signed by hundreds of signatories (PDF, 1.51MB, 7 pages) who stated that:
No one should be forced into marriage, or made to marry while still a child.
No girl or woman should have to endure the physical and psychological effects of female genital mutilation.
These practices violate the fundamental rights of all girls and women to live free from violence and discrimination.
Such violations not only harm individual girls; by undermining girls’ ability to make their own choices and reach their full potential, they also diminish the strength of families, communities and society.
So today, we commit to work together to end child, early and forced marriage and female genital mutilation, for girls and women, everywhere, forever.
A UK inter-faith declaration (MS Word Document, 91.8KB) - signed by hundreds of faith leaders and representatives (ODS, 16.3KB) - was also announced at the summit.
You can join this global movement for change. To add your name - or the name of your organisation - to the charter please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Our monitoring framework (PDF, 180KB, 1 page) explains how we’re tracking and reporting on Girl Summit commitments.
Read the full charter:
Girl Summit Charter - French translation (PDF, 168KB, 1 page)
Girl Summit Charter - Arabic translation (PDF, 140KB, 1 page)