Target: British Prime Minister David Cameron
Goal: Commend Prime Minister’s pledge to end female genital mutilation
British Prime Minister David Cameron recently announced what he is calling the largest-ever international investment to end female genital mutilation. The drive, spearheaded with a 25 million pound investment from Britain, aims to reduce this heinous practice by 30% over the next five years, and eradicate the procedure completely within a generation. It is estimated that this practice has been performed on as many as 140 million women worldwide. Prime Minister Cameron should be lauded for setting this lofty, yet attainable goal.
Female genital mutilation is most prevalent in Africa, but it also occurs throughout the Middle East, South Asia and South America. It has even followed immigrant populations to Europe, Oceania and North America, with 24,000 girls reportedly at risk of being sent abroad for this procedure in Britain alone, where the practice is banned.
There is much optimism that this work will be successful. However, there will be difficulties, especially in countries like Gambia, where female genital mutilation is still legal and roughly 78% of the female population undergoes the procedure. Even in other countries where it is illegal, there is intense pressure for parents to have their children to carry on the tradition and the practice is still seen as making a woman more attractive for marriage. By signing this petition you are condemning this practice, and commending Prime Minister Cameron for spearheading the effort to eradicate this procedure worldwide.
Dear Prime Minister David Cameron,
I am writing you this letter today to thank you for your pledge to eradicate the world of the abomination that is female genital mutilation. This terrible practice has gone on far too long, and I commend your pledge of both effort and funds to stop this procedure from happening.
It is estimated that as many as 140 million women have had this procedure done to them worldwide, and that is completely unacceptable. Lowering the rates by 30% and eradicating the practice completely by the end of this generation is a lofty, yet attainable goal, and I thank you for your efforts.
[Your Name Here]
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