And it received a further £5.2million from the foreign aid budget in 2015 despite a widespread outcry from MPs and taxpayers.
But ministers have now pulled the plug on the funding.
A DFID spokesman said: “Empowering women and girls around the world remains a priority.
“But we judge there are more effective ways to invest UK aid and to deliver even better results for the world’s poorest and value for taxpayers’ money.”
He added: “[DFID minister Priti Patel] can now ensure that the money that people want to see spent on the very poorest and saving lives.
“That money will now be spent far more effectively.”
DFID minister Priti Patel has pulled the plug on the band’s funding
“We must continue to ensure that taxpayers get real value for money.”
And Ukip’s foreign aid spokeswoman Lisa Duffy called on the Government to reduce “the amount of money wasted on aid” further.
Senior Tory Nigel Evans hailed Ms Patel’s ‘common sense’ decision
This is certainly a step in the right direction
British taxpayers are a generous people and have always been happy to stand by the world’s most vulnerable.
“But the money that leaves these shores must be spent efficiently and effectively.”
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He added: “New ideas are often resisted and sometimes wilfully misrepresented.
“Our work continues with the confidence we gain from the feedback of girls and their communities on the ground.”