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My name is Habon, I am a 17 year old youth advocate. I have been campaigning in Bristol about Female Genital Mutilation for three years as part of a youth group called Empowering. Empowering have been very active in the campaign against FGM by hosting our own conference and performing our own poetry. It’s your wedding day. They said it would be one of the happiest days of your life. At your friend’s wedding the bride and the groom had shed tears of joy. You thought that would...


We had the pleasure of talking to Leyla Hussain, the co-founder of the charity Daughters of Eve. Daughters of Eve works to protect young girls and women who are at risk of female genital mutilation (FGM). She is also the Chief Executive of Hawa's Haven, a collective of Somali women campaigners and activists who raise awareness about gender-based violence in the UK and the horn of Africa. Here at #YouthForChange, we were really interested in hearing what she had to say about young...


Hello, my name is Cherifa and I am a young Muslim from the western part of Cameroon. I am a youth volunteer with the Cameroon National Association for Family Welfare (CAMNAFAW). I will be representing CAMNAFAW when I come to London to be part of the #YouthForChange panel. Young people represent about 43% of the population in Cameroon. They are the main force on growth and development but unfortunately their voices are not heard and they are not prioritized as it should be. They...


Not ready to say “I do” in India

Posted July 11, 2014 Avatar #YouthForChange

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Hi, Im Vedika, I’m 19 and I am representing The Family Planning Association of India (FPAI) on the @YouthForChange panel. The issue of youth sexuality and child marriage is a huge challenge facing our country. I noticed that there is still much hesitation amongst the youth during discussion on young people’s sexual rights or youth sexuality with teachers or other elders including parents. Youth are the backbone of a nation. They can change the future of society with their...


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...


Why you need to be a part of #YouthForChange

Posted July 10, 2014 Avatar #YouthForChange

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My name is Rahma and I’m 15 years old. I’ve been campaigning against FGM for 3 years in a youth lead group called Empowering which works with FORWARD. I got involved in the campaign against FGM because my mother worked with FORWARD and campaigned against FGM. As I came to learn more about FGM I became more passionate about the issue and became determined to raise awareness about the seriousness of the issue. The #YouthForChange event is about getting ideas for the youth sta...


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...