All posts tagged with: FGM

Buckle Up with Fahma Mohamed: Change in Action against FGM

Publié 25 février 2014 Avatar JulieVOY

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“FGM is child abuse.” 17 year old Fahma Mohamed has started a campaign alongside The Guardian. An excerpt from her petition on can be found below. Education advocate, Malala Yousafzai supports Fahma's campaign, "It's good that … girls like Fahma – so active and with a passion – are continuing this campaign. I truly support you." Not only has Fahma started her campaign, but the thunderous Buckle Up gathers her campaigners to help #endFGM. Change in...

My heart is bleeding for Maasai girls

Publié 13 juin 2014 no picture diana kagwiria

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My heart is bleeding for Maasai girls Yesterday marked the first day of the 2014 World Cup and at around 2100hrs EAT the majority of the people around the world were glued to their electronic devices following the opening ceremony. Being an ardent lover of news bulletins I flipped the channels to catch up with the latest happenings around the world during the prime time news. The top story of the day happened to be on the country’s budget, but it didn’t catch my attention as...

Educate Not Mutilate in KENYA

Publié 17 juin 2014 no picture DivinityFoundation

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It's hard being a Maasai girl living in Oloitoktok, when our fathers want us to marry old men for cows, when our mothers want us to undergo FGM (female genital mutilation). Who can we turn to? Who will help us? We are helpless in this world while they torture our bodies and our sell our lives. Yesterday in my town of Oloitoktok we celebrated "Day of the African Child". A day when all the children in my town marched strongly chanting "Education is Power" .." Teachers we say NO to...

FGM: the law is failing

Publié 18 juin 2014 Avatar rek204

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Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) has been a crime in the UK since 1985 (the Prohibition of Female Circumcision Act 1985) and has since been revised and renamed to reflect the nature of the crime (Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003). Yet 65,000 girls under the age of 13 remain at risk, without a successful prosecution in 30 years to protect these girls. The law is failing as it is currently enacted. This is because girls are often the daughters of those who organise the ceremony;...

How young people can speak up for girls’ rights

Publié 19 juin 2014 Avatar KateVOY

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It’s time to act on girls’ rights so we can build a better future for everyone. Play your part by giving us your opinion on issues like child marriage and FGM, which have devastating effects on girls’ lives and communities in countries across the globe. Rafick Tawakali, 19, is from Malawi. He has been actively involved in the fight for children’s rights since 2008. Rafick has two sisters and is particularly passionate about protecting girls’ rights. Why we must end...

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

Publié 20 juin 2014 no picture ReachingForABetterWorld

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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...

All of us can be youth who inspire change and end FGM and child marriage

Publié 3 juillet 2014 Avatar #YouthForChange

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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...

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

Publié 10 juillet 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...

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