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Slumdog star Freida Pinto's vows to fight for girls

Neil Lancefield

Published 23/07/2014 | 02:30

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Actress and Girls' Rights ambassador for Plan International, Freida Pinto, listens to speeches at the 'Girl Summit 2014' at the Walworth Academy in London July 22, 2014. Britain is to make it compulsory for teachers and health workers to report cases of female genital mutilation (FGM), Prime Minister David Cameron said on Tuesday. The government, which is hosting a London summit on FGM and forced marriage, will also announce a range of other measures aimed at bringing an end to both practices in Britain and abroad, Cameron's office said in a statement.
Freida Pinto at the ‘Girl Summit 2014’ yesterday and, below, in ‘Slumdog Millionaire’. Reuters
Freida Pinto in 'Slumdog Millionaire'

Slumdog Millionaire star Freida Pinto has vowed to "kick up a fuss" about female genital mutilation (FGM).

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The Indian actress made a speech at an FGM and forced marriage summit in London, adding her voice to the fight for girls' rights around the world "until everyone takes note".

She said: "I have thought about the fear every girl faces when she is taken into the forest and held still with her legs pinned down, or that moment when she realises her future husband is older than her father.

"I think, 'What if that was me?'"

The 29-year-old is an ambassador for children's development organisation Plan International and has met girls who have been affected by FGM and child marriage in Sierra Leone and Ethiopia.

She told the summit: "This is simply an abuse of human rights."

Irish Independent

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