All posts tagged with: Girl Summit

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...


Condition of Child Marriage in Nepal

Posted July 25, 2014 no picture PoonamVOY

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A report entitled ‘Ending Child marriage – progress and prospects’ which was released by UNICEF during the ongoing first ever Girl Summit in London, highlighted that Nepal has the ninth highest prevalence of child marriage in the world with one in every three child brides living in the country. Nearly 18% of women aged 20 to 49 years were married before age of 15 while about 34 % of women were married or in union after age 15 but before they turned 18 in Nepal, the report...


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...


#YouthForChange: Action Statement & Report

Posted July 21, 2014 Avatar KateVOY

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Read the #YouthForChange Action Statement and Research Report. Over the past few weeks Voices of Youth has been sharing articles, testimonies and resources all about FGM/C and child marriage. We also asked you to take part in an online survey, to get your views on these issues - because we believe that with youth engagement we can hope to achieve the goal of ending FGM/C and child marriage faster. All of this has been in the lead up to the #YouthForChange event which to...


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...


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...