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10-year-old Kembi on her way to work on Mwakirunge Dumpsite in Mombasa, Kenya

Beyoncé puts it so boldly – “Who run the world? Girls.” It’s a great vision. But we also have to consider some facts. The majority of the world’s poorest people are women. One in three women globally will experience violence in their lifetime simply because they are women. This has to change. 

Girls who escaped FGM with ActionAid's help play with their classmates in the compound of an ActionAid-supported school in West Pokot, Kenya

Last year the Department for International Development (DFID) launched a £35 million programme working across 17 countries to support Africa-led movements to end female genital mutilation. This and the UK government's upcoming July event aimed at empowering girls to reject mutilation and forced early marriage are to be applauded.