2012


Blog posts from our network of grassroots activists and research academics

28 Too Many in the media

9 October 2012
We have enjoyed great coverage over the last few months, spreading our message about the fight to eradicate FGM.  Hear Ann-Marie’s interview with Voice of Russia about charities helping to end FGM, here 28 Too Many was also quoted in an article featured in the Church Times calling for an end of FGM.  Ann-Marie was
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Charlotte is a recent graduate from UCL in French and Philosophy. Her studies have had a particular focus on current ethics debates in health in UK and global health. Studying French along side this she became interested in the culture of Francophone Africa which makes up a large part of North and West Africa. FGM


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In the spring, I attended a 5 day leadership course run by CMS . Out of all the development I have undertaken over the years, this was the best course I have attended – enabling me to reflect on my 3 decades of leading (in corporate life; my own business and a charity). I sometimes see them as the ‘3 peaks’ I have scaled – as I continue to balance the opportunities and challenges of anti-FGM work in running 28 Too Many.
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28 Too Many takes off! April began with us talking to medical personnel in Haringey, for Choices, who run crisis pregnancy advice and wanted their staff to be better prepared regarding FGM.  We also attended further training on DASH (Domestic, Abuse, Stalking, Harassment & Honour Based Violence Risk Assessment) dealing with FMG cases.  As a
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From the Danny Boyle Olympics Opening Ceremony to the 100th medal of the Paralympics; with numerous new world records to the spirit of the London 2012 Games Maker.  Here we share with you a few stories from our own 28 Too Many Team who took an ‘alternate’ volunteering holiday to make this a Games to
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'Why does it happen?'

4 September 2012

Guest blog by Olivia Jackson, currently completing her MA. I am constantly asking ‘why does FGM happen?’.  The answers are as diverse as the practice, which occurs in 28 countries in Africa, across some of India/Pakistan; Malaysia/Indonesia, South Africa and in all countries where FGM practising communities migrate includingUSA,Canada, Europe and theUK.   As with this article’s title, it is sometimes believed to be that


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Until earlier this year, I had not heard of FGM, but I had heard of ‘female circumcision’. The words ‘female circumcision’ had led me to believe that there were some communities around the world that performed a female version of circumcision that many of us are familiar with in the west. I assumed that it
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I recently have returned to Uganda following an 8 day trip to theUK to visit 28 Too Many. The purpose of my time there was to build relationships with the staff and volunteers as well as get a deeper idea of the vision of the charity to help me develop my role with them. Intermixed


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As soon as I landed in Pakistan in 2010, the cultures struck me.  People with long salwahkameez or pashtun hats, were mixed with business suites and Bedouin style dress, evident event at the airport.  I travelled by Landrover towards theKashmir border – the best part of a day’s ride away – after picking up essential
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