2013


Blog posts from our network of grassroots activists and research academics

Blog by Louise Robertson. On 14th February the 28 Too Many team took to the streets of London to participate in a number of One Billion Rising in the UK (OBRUK) events taking place across thecapital. Rather than provide an account of the day which has already been well documented in many blogs, on FaceBook/Twitter and in some brilliant


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Blog by Ann-Marie Wilson, 28 Too Many Executive Director. One aspect I find exciting and challenging about my journey into the world of aid is its love of jargon!  I guess business and psychology, my previous careers, also had their fill of three letter acronyms, but the aid world seems to love them even more.  My latest preoccupation is with two: taking FGM (female


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Guest Blog by Marianna Ryan, 28 Too Many Social Media Volunteer. It is sobering that over 20,000 young girls and women are at risk of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) each year in the UK- a developed nation with a commitment to human rights, as well as a comprehensive child protection framework. More worrying is that this statistic is, at best, an educated estimate, since FGM often


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Blog by 28 Too Many's Research Coordinator.

Female genital mutilation (FGM) is a harmful traditional practice that involves the cutting or removal of the external genitals. It is typically found in traditional group or community cultures with patriarchal social structures. The reasons for the practice are complex and the origins are often lost in the mists of time. What is clear, however, is that FGM is a manifestation of deeply entrenched gender inequality, a fact recognised by the WHO.


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Blog by Ann-Marie Wilson, Executive Director. We had a successful media campaign last week with blogs in the Huff Post  and on Tearfund’s website. We also appeared on USB radio on 6th February and Ben TV on 7th February.  We look forward to another fruitful year of campaigning as we launch our next campaign on 13th February.  Watch this space!


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Blog by Louise Robertson. Louise’s Blog on V Day was recently published on One Billion Rising.  See it here


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Guest Blog by Abigal Muchecheti, Author and Campaigner Against FGM. I am writing this article for all the girls around the world who have been genitally mutilated. Culturalists will argue that this subject should be left untouched as it projects and demeans a people’s culture. To such people I have this to say – FGM is a cruel, inhuman practice that not only belittles women


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Guest blog by Wafa Farah, Journalist student at Hull Art & Design School. The World Health Organisation reports about 140 million girls and women are currently living with the consequence of female genital mutilation (FGM). The practice of FGM  is over a 2000 year old cultural tradition, which requires the cutting or the removal of the external genitals. FGM is mostly carried out on young girls between infancy


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Guest blog by Vivien Cohen, 28 Too Many Volunteer. In the fight for global female equality, it often seems that women have been doomed from the start. Blamed for original sin, we were responsible for all the ills in the world. In most religions in fact, women do not come across particularly favourably and, considering that for millennia it is organised religion which has


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2012 has been a busy and productive year with regard to the movement towards ending FGM. The UN annual report released on 6th of February demonstrated that the cultural trend toward FGM is in fact decreasing.The report stated that since 2011 around 2,000 communities in Africa have abandoned FGM, while Kenya (through the passing of


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