As the "cutting season" begins, campaigners gather to raise awareness of the illegal and life-threatening practice.
Campaigners against the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) will rally in Trafalgar Square later to highlight the issue of girls being taken abroad to be 'cut' during the summer holidays.
It is estimated that more than 20,000 girls as young as four are at risk of mutilation in Britain. But there is a lack of accurate recent figures.
As many as 66,000 women and girls are thought to be living with the consequences of being ritually cut in England and Wales.
That is a staggering amount considering the latest crime figures suggest only four FGM crimes were detected in the UK last year.