2013


Blog posts from our network of grassroots activists and research academics

Kenya Report CoverProgress is being made in the fight against female genital mutilation (FGM) in Kenya, confirms a new report by charity 28 Too Many which shows a significant drop in prevalence over the last ten years.


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As 28 Too Many celebrates the completion of its first year as an independent charity we are delighted to launch our new website. As well as updates on our campaigning and advocacy work to end female genital mutilation (FGM) we are excited to be able to share our research and country profiles in the FGM Resources section.


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Nearly 30 years ago the British government passed the Prohibition of Female Circumcision Bill, outlawing this practice in the UK. Since then, the FGM Act 2003 had made FGM illegal in the UK. Last Monday (22/04/13), amidst the glitter and glamour of the Lord’s debating chamber, FGM was back on the agenda, as over 200 Peers and visitors listened attentively.
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Guest blog by Meti Tadesse, 28 Too Many Health Volunteer. In our world today, individuals’ right to participate in their culture and freedom of religion is protected by law. What appears to be difficult to enshrine by law, however, is the right for an individual girl to ‘opt out of certain cultural practices’ which are now at best considered as ‘challenging’ and have clearly been identified as ‘harmful’ to the individual’s development and psychosocial wellbeing.


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Stories from the field

As we settle into 2013, we review the fast progress we have made in 2012!  At our second Board meeting in December, we celebrated a major IT upgrade, enabled by a donation, and the generous time of an IT Director who gave his time for free – our first CSR donation! 


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Guest blog by Christine Ashley, Volunteer Counsellor, Childline. I cannot believe that I had not realised the full extent of FGM until the 28th January 2013! Being a Volunteer Counsellor for Childline we are very privileged to be allowed to attend different talks/workshops and FGM was the topic of one of the many talks I attended. Ann-Marie Wilson, Director of 28 Too Many


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Released 7th March

Finding out what works to bring to an end the harmful practice of female genital mutilation.


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Guest Blog Lilli Loveday, 28 Too Many Research Volunteer. Female genital mutilation (FGM) is a major concern in the UK, with an estimated 30,000 girls under the age of 15 at risk of undergoing the practice (Forward, 2007). Despite legislation illegalising both the practice of FGM on UK nationals or permanent residents whilst overseas and the practice on any individual (irrespective of their nationality


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Guest Blog by Sara Abdul Rahim, Masters student. The stark reality is, that in many parts of the world today women are denied access to pivotal rights for the mere fact of being female. Thereby women settle into second class status in their own homelands and, generations of young girls are raised as witnesses to the burden of their gender. It’s a cyclical


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Guest blog by Mahdieh Madannezhad, student at the Shahid Beheshti University, Iran. Female genital mutilation (FGM) is defined by World Health Organisation (WHO) as all procedures that intentionally alter and ncause injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons. It is performed on young females with the purpose of protecting their virginity until marriage. FGM is recognised internationally as a violation of human rights of girls


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