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New campaign launches in Kenya and the South Bank today

An international campaign to support the end of FGM opens on the South Bank and Nairobi, Kenya today. The Girl Generation: Together to End FGM is an African led movement to support the social and behavioral changes needed to stop violence against women and girls.

The campaign in the South Bank Center will gather together experts from human rights charities, the media, ambassador programmes and Government programmes to support the end of FGM

"My niece is the first girl in our family to be free from FGM. When you break the cycle of abuse once, you break it forever: Save a girl, save a generation. The solution to ending FGM is in empowering girls to be themselves. We are at a point where this is happening but we need to speed things up and get the financial resources to where they are needed."

– Nimco Ali, Girl Ambassador, The Girl Generation



Goats cut grass along the South Bank

A garden with a view! One of the goats from a local farm. Credit: Max Nash/PA Wire

Instead of cutting the grass this winter, gardeners who work on top of the Queen Elizabeth Hall, have invited some goats to do the job.

Four of the animals from Vauxhall City Farm provided the more eco-friendly alternative!

One of the goats gets to work. Credit: Max Nash/PA Wire
Visitors look down at goats grazing on the roof. Credit: Max Nash/PA Wire

Rufus Norris to be new Director of the National Theatre

Stage and film director Rufus Norris, whose works have included a collaboration with Blur star Damon Albarn, is to be the head of the National Theatre, succeeding Sir Nicholas Hytner.

Stage and film director Rufus Norris Credit: PA Wire

Norris has been an Associate Director of the National for the past two years and worked with Damon Albarn on the opera Doctor Dee. He said:

"The National is an extraordinary place, full of extraordinary people, and I look forward with relish to the task ahead - that being to fill our theatres with the most exciting, accessible and ground-breaking work our unique and broad community of artists has to offer."

Rufus Norris will take over in April 2015.

Proposed skate park not 'solely for skateboarding'

All the architects have responded really well to the brief and came up with some fantastic proposals for creating a new urban space under Hungerford Bridge.

The kind of features which skateboarders enjoy - ledges, steps, banks, blocks - are all there, but unlike in a conventional skatepark or skateplaza they have not been explicitly designed solely for skateboarding.

– Rich Holland, Architectural Designer
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