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5 Reasons Why Female Circumcision Needs To Stop

Posted August 12, 2014 no picture ReachingForABetterWorld

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There can be little doubt that female circumcision is one of the most shocking cultural practices found around the world. It contravenes women’s rights in a violent and obvious manner and is a serious threat to the health and wellbeing of millions of girls around the world. It’s estimated that nearly 125 million girls and women have been subjected to this violation, and each year a further 3 million are at risk in Africa alone. Most people understand that female circumcisio...

If I was at the Girl Summit

Posted July 22, 2014 Avatar Francisca Lily

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If I was at the Girl Summit these would be my suggestions: I would suggest that countries who wish to end FGM and Child Marriage that they work in partnership with other countries in offering solutions. For example the battle of child marriage being in some cases, girls are married because they provide an economic gain for the family, also receive protection being married in some cultures. Education is also a vital need, not as in holding a degree or PhD, but in educating abo...

We Just Don't Talk About It

Posted July 19, 2014 no picture Effie Johari

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This article was written in observance of Girl Summit 2014. Information about FGM, its harms and justifications, can be found elsewhere. Here, I talk about the issue in a Malaysian context. Reading the resource pack for Girl Summit 2014 I stumbled upon the link to the 29 countries where FGM/C (henceforth only referred to as FGM); Malaysia was not on it (or any other Southeast Asian countries where the practice is still prevalent), which is not a surprise, but a disappointment...

5 Ways Young People Can Help End FGM

Posted July 13, 2014 no picture Rachel

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"'It is not enough to tell people that FGM is illegal,' says FGM victim-turned-activist Gladys Kiranto. Changing laws is essential, but as FGM is often a deeply embedded cultural tradition in communities, large-scale education about why it is harmful is needed to effect major social change."


When we hear about organizations working towards a change for the better, we think that we cannot do anything to help because we lack the money, time, resources, or power to do anything significant. However, I have realized that simply being aware of these issues and being able to communicate to others about them makes all the difference, especially with the prevalent use of social media. This is exactly how I felt after coming across, a website dedicated to providin...

Hi I'm Isla, I’m 17 and from Scotland. I've been an Advocate for Girlguiding for a year, which has given me loads of fantastic opportunities like this one! On Thursday 10th July, I had the pleasure of interviewing Jaha Dukureh, a young woman passionate about ending FGM (female genital mutilation) in the USA and founder of Safe Hands for Girls. Originally from the Gambia in West Africa, she underwent this procedure as an infant but only found out when she travelled to the St...

When my grandmother was strong enough to speak about FGM, it stopped

Posted July 10, 2014 Avatar #YouthForChange

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I’m June, 16, from Nigeria, member of Plan UK’s Youth Advisory Panel, Youth Observer Trustee for Plan UK and blogger for Girls’ Globe. I believe we can end FGM and CEFM in a generation - this happened in my family. When my grandmother was strong enough to speak about FGM, it stopped completely. My mother grew up in Sierra Leone, a country where an estimated 88% of girls undergo Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), also known as female genital cutting or circumcision. But my...

Hi, I’m Isabelle and represent Restless Development on the #YouthforChange Panel. On Saturday 7th June I attended my first #YouthforChange Youth Panel face to face meeting. I was very excited and also a bit nervous; it wasn’t just my first time taking part in #YouthforChange but also my first time in a government building and first time in London for a while! On arrival I was able to meet the rest of the UK panel team – a brilliant mix of young people aged between 14 and 20...

Hi, I’m Hassan from Dagenham, London and I am representing @PlanUKYAP on the Girl Summit Youth Panel. Earlier this month, I, along with 4 other young people from the #YouthForChange Panel, attended a Parliamentary reception to help kick start talk about ending female genital mutilation (FGM) and child, early and forced marriage (CEFM) in the run up to the Girl Summit being hosted by David Cameron. To begin there were speeches from the Speaker of the House, Home Secretary Th...

Why Does Female Circumcision Take Place And What Are The Risks?

Posted June 20, 2014 no picture ReachingForABetterWorld

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