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Kenyatta Blames Covid-19 on Increase in Gender Violence

Kenyatta Blames Covid-19 on Increase in Gender Violence

President Uhuru Kenyatta has decried the rising cases of Gender-Based Violence (GBV) in Africa. He spoke at a panel discussion during the opening session of the Generation Equality Forum (GEF) in France, saying the GBV situation had reached global emergency levels GEF is a global gender equality gathering convened by United Nations (UN) Women and […]

The Struggle to End Female Genital Mutilation – a Dark Secret No More

The Struggle to End Female Genital Mutilation – a Dark Secret No More

Survivors of female genital mutilation or cutting (FGM/C), are determined to share their stories to end this practice – even though they face ostracisation by their communities. Masooma Ranalvi, an FGM/C survivor and founder of ‘WeSpeakOut’, an organisation committed to eliminating FGM/C or khafd/khafz/khatna explains that FGM/C is practised by various communities in India but […]

International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation

International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation

Female genital mutilation (FGM) comprises all procedures that involve altering or injuring the female genitalia for non-medical reasons and is recognized internationally as a violation of the human rights, the health and the integrity of girls and women. Girls who undergo female genital mutilation face short-term complications such as severe pain, shock, excessive bleeding, infections, […]

World ‘Woefully’ Underestimating Female Genital Mutilation, Study Finds

World ‘Woefully’ Underestimating Female Genital Mutilation, Study Finds

Female genital mutilation affects far more countries than previously thought, meaning global estimates for the number of women who have been cut are “woefully” low, researchers said on Tuesday. FGM is traditionally associated with a swathe of African countries, but the study highlights growing evidence that the ritual is also practised in other regions including […]

Sudan’s Midwives Told To Stop Genital Mutilation On Mothers After Birth

Sudan’s Midwives Told To Stop Genital Mutilation On Mothers After Birth

  Sudanese midwives must stop performing female genital mutilation (FGM) on new mothers, health experts said on Thursday, adding that it was undermining broader efforts to wipe out the internationally condemned practice. Women’s rights have moved into the spotlight in Sudan after women played a prominent role in street protests which led to the ousting […]

RAL, OHCHR Launch Partnership Project To Abolish FGM

RAL, OHCHR Launch Partnership Project To Abolish FGM

Rescue Alternatives Liberia (RAL) in collaboration with the office of the High Commission on Human Rights (OHCHR) on July 10, 2019, launched a partnership project aimed at reviewing recommendations Liberia accepted under the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) to abolished, among other practice the female genital mutilation (FGM). But one of the speakers interestingly raised concerned […]

Society For Life Changers Group Raises Awareness Against Female Genital Mutilation

Society For Life Changers Group Raises Awareness Against Female Genital Mutilation

The Society for Life Changers and Good Parental Care (SOLIFE) has charged stakeholders in Osun State to beef up campaign against Female Genital Mutilation, (FGM) with the creation of community awareness to eradicate the practice. The Chairman, Board of Trustee, SOLIFE, Mr Aremu Stephen, who disclosed this at the opening ceremony of a three-day Camp […]

Survivors Of Female Circumcision Call For Help With Mental Trauma

Survivors Of Female Circumcision Call For Help With Mental Trauma

Mental health services are lacking in Africa in general, with less than one mental health worker for every 100,000 people African survivors of female genital mutilation (FGM) said mental health services are their biggest need and urged governments and charities to provide support for dealing with long-term trauma. Survivors and activists from across the continent […]

Let’s Fight For The Rights Of Our Girls

Let’s Fight For The Rights Of Our Girls

On this year’s Day of the African Child on June 16, heads of state, ministers, religious leaders, community leaders, survivors’ networks and campaigners will come together for the first ever Africa-led summit on ending Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and child marriage. This summit gives us cause for hope in an era in which we continue […]

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. […]

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