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Hoda Ali – A Village In Senegal Taught Me How We Can End Female Genital Cutting Globally

Hoda Ali – A Village In Senegal Taught Me How We Can End Female Genital Cutting Globally

Not only have the girls from Keur Simbara not gone through what I went through as a child, but they won’t even know what cutting is I’ve been campaigning for an end to female genital cutting, something I experienced at the age of 7 in my home country of Somalia, for the last 15 years. […]

Female Genital Mutilation Resurgence Needs Urgent Focus On Changing The Social Norms

Female Genital Mutilation Resurgence Needs Urgent Focus On Changing The Social Norms

Media reports have been awash with the resurgence of female genital mutilation (FGM) in the Sebei sub-region, with the highest number of victims reported coming from Kween district. Unconfirmed estimates have put the number of those mutilated at almost 400. The nation is shocked because many thought the practice was a thing of the past. […]

Mara Girls Flee Homes For Fear Of FGM

Mara Girls Flee Homes For Fear Of FGM

ANNASTANZIA Bhoke (Not her real name) escaped from her home in Tarime District, Mara Region to Dar es Salaam in November last. She was running away from the Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) practices she was about to undergo. “I had come back home after closing school on November 11 last year and I was informed […]

Nigeria, Kenya and Senegal – Three African Countries Providing Solutions In Fight Against Genital Cutting Of Girls

Nigeria, Kenya and Senegal – Three African Countries Providing Solutions In Fight Against Genital Cutting Of Girls

While Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) has been declared illegal in some African countries, it still persists. Patrick Egwu in Nigeria, Annie Njanja in Kenya and Mamadou Lamine Ba in Senegal explored what was being done in their countries to stop this age-old discriminatory practice. In African societies, female genital mutilation (FGM) is widespread and deeply […]

Zero Tolerance To Female Genital Mutilation – United Nations

Zero Tolerance To Female Genital Mutilation – United Nations

TODAY, February 6, is the United Nations International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). It is NOT a public holiday, although it is dedicated to international observation as part of combined efforts by the United Nations Organisation to meet one of its ‘Sustainable Development Goals’ programme to year-2030 (SDG-2030). Goal Number-5 out […]

Traditions That Make Women Go Against FGM Laws – These Women See It As Normal

Traditions That Make Women Go Against FGM Laws – These Women See It As Normal

“It’s normal pain. Just like a knife cut which many people especially women once in a while encounter while preparing a meal.” This is how Ms Joan Cherop (not real name), 23, a candidate of female genital mutilation (FGM) candidate described the cultural practice, which, according to Ugandan laws is illegal. In 2010 Parliament enacted […]

‘Rescue Community’ Launches Attack Against Female Genital Mutilation And Child Marriage In Kenya

‘Rescue Community’ Launches Attack Against Female Genital Mutilation And Child Marriage In Kenya

Almost one in four girls in Kenya are married before they reach the legal age of 18, says the United Nations. The rare rescue of a 12-year-old Kenyan girl forced to marry and have sex with a man almost three times her age shows community policing is key to ending child marriage, campaigners said on […]

War Against Female Genital Mutilation Needs More Action

War Against Female Genital Mutilation Needs More Action

The federal government has been called upon to as a matter of urgency, increase its campaign against Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and set a baseline target for the number of girls that will be cut by the year 2030 This is even as Preston Development Foundation, a non-governmental organisation has accused the government of not […]

Gambia: Activist Wants Govt Assurance On FGM, Child Marriage Laws

Gambia: Activist Wants Govt Assurance On FGM, Child Marriage Laws

FGM activist and founder of Safe Hands for Girls, Jaha Dukureh, has called on the new government to affirm publicly that Female Genital Mutilation and Child Marriage laws passed by the former regime are here to stay. Jaha was briefing journalists on the upcoming FGM Media Award held at the GPU secretariat. “We are even […]

Liberia: Girls Alliance Calls for Halt To Female Genital Mutilation

Liberia: Girls Alliance Calls for Halt To Female Genital Mutilation

Girls’ Alliance for future leadership, a local group, is calling for a halt to female genital mutilation, including all forms of abuses against young girls in Africa, particularly Liberia. Speaking over the weekend in commemoration of “Day of the African Child” GA Secretary General Aquila Saah, describes FGM as evil, noting that it does nothing […]

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