Category : General FGM


Blog posts from our network of grassroots activists and research academics

For the last 16 days I have witnessed an overwhelming scene on social media of something I thought I was dealing with alone. Female Genital Mutilation. FGM was performed on me at age 5 and I will never forget the event.
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Bakary Seedy Damph (Buba) founded and runs Kids Come First Foundation, a community based advocacy group that offers support and empowers children irrespective of their backgrounds. The foundation addresses issues such as Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and Child Marriage and provides affected children and their families with psychological, financial and emotional support based on a fair assessment of their needs.
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This paper employs a cross-country comparison of the role of NGOs in advocating an end to FGM, in order to explore what can be done in countries that have legislated against the practice but have seen limited success in enforcement. As of 2015, 25 countries in Africa have legislations or decrees against FGM. Practices in Togo and Benin will be discussed as both countries have seen a significant decline in the prevalence rate of FGM over the past 2 decades.
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Today is International Literacy Day and as a Communications Manager, literacy is something that obviously comes high up on my agenda. But literacy really is something that should be on everyone´s agenda because, astonishingly, over 750 million people in the world are illiterate, two-thirds of them women.
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A guest blog by Andrew Mendy on the role of men in the fight against FGM in The Gambia.
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28 Too Many Executive Director Ann-Marie Wilson reflects on new play Cuttin' It which looks at FGM in modern Britain.
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A short blog and audio of an interview with Solomon Onita Jr about his film "Joy" which tells the story of a women's struggle to protect her daughter from the harm of FGM whilst being true to her cultural heritage.
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A guest blog by campaigner Andrew Mendy reflecting on progress in the fight against FGM in The Gambia and what further action is needed.
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A special blog for International Women's Day 2016 from 28 Too Many volunteer Margaret Gati about FGM in Kenya and the progress towards ending it.
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A new blog by medical student Nigeen Dara to mark the UN International Day for Zero Tolerance to FGM.
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