Emily Dugan

Emily Dugan is social affairs correspondent for The Independent, i and Independent on Sunday. She was previously a news reporter for The Independent on Sunday. Her investigations into human trafficking have twice been awarded Best Investigative Article at the Anti-Slavery Day Media Awards and her human rights journalism was shortlisted for the Gaby Rado Memorial prize at the 2012 Amnesty Media Awards.

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Malala Yousafzai speaks during the Girl Summit 2014

Girl Summit: Government unit to tackle FGM to be launched

Parents who fail to prevent their daughters being cut will be prosecuted and doctors, teachers and nurses will be under a legal obligation to report cases of FGM

A portrait of a young victim lies at a makeshift memorial for the passengers aboard doomed flight Malaysia Airlines MH17 at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam

Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: As the bodies finally leave Ukraine, family tragedies start to sink in

Silene Fredriks-Hoogzand has no idea where the bodies of her son Bryce and his girlfriend Daisy Oehlers landed after the plane they were travelling on was blown to smithereens on Thursday, but she sees the site vividly in her nightmares.

A member of Nice Salford, before an event to promote the group in the area

The 'scroungers’ fight back: The welfare claimants battling to alter stereotypes

Some are reformed drug addicts. Some are single mums. All are on benefits. But they refuse to be stigmatised

A pioneering project that could one day help cure cancers and rare genetic diseases by sequencing the DNA of up to 100,000 NHS patients is one step closer to fruition

Thousands of NHS patients to have DNA sequenced to help cancer research

US company, Illumina, chosen by government to lead £100m genome project in Cambridge

Curtis Ingrouille-Kidd

Family of severely disabled boy barred from taking term-time holiday

13-year-old has been given only a few years to live

Should we allow people to choose when they die?

Assisted Dying Bill supporters and opponents gather outside House of Lords as legislation debate gets underway

'We want life, they want death,' shouted the ‘no’ camp, dressed in white. 'Bigots,' screamed back a man in the pink-clad ‘yes’ camp

LGBT activists and supporters stage a demonstration outside Downing Street

David Cameron urged to use the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow to speak out against member states’ treatment of gay people

Gay rights activists led a protest outside 10 Downing Street this evening calling for a public statement

A mother holds the hand of her sleeping newborn son

'Uncertainty about employment' may have influenced the increased age of parenthood in Britain, research suggests

 The nation has also come a long way from the cliché of 2.4 children

The Ministry of Justice building in Westminster, London

Cuts to legal aid force parents to defend themselves in family court cases

Exclusive: More than half went into court without a lawyer fighting their side

Among British women in relationships, 70 per cent say they are mostly responsible for cooking and food shopping

Majority of British women are still responsible for cooking and food shopping, research finds

Although two thirds of women in the UK are now in employment, 72 per cent say they do most of the household cleaning

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