Blog: Advocacy

Happy International Day of the Girl - A message from our Global Director

11 October 2017

Celebrated annually on the 11th of October, the International Day of the Girl aims to highlight issues concerning gender inequality facing young girls. Reflecting on the current theme: Empower girls: Emergency response and resilience planning , we believe there is a great urgency to address many of the deep rooted social norms that discriminate against girls. These harmful practices deny them the realisation of their fundamental human rights and an opportunity to realise their full potential...

Gender is My Agenda – is it yours?

2 August 2017

Our End FGM Ambassador Peter attended the Gender is My Agenda (GIMAC) summit at the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, playing his part in ensuring that ending FGM was front and centre of the discussion.

Every year at the African Union, heads of state and their respective ministers meet twice to deliberate on key issues that affect the African continent. One of those pre-summit meetings is GIMAC - the Gender is My Agenda Campaign - bringing together over...

Accelerating protection, empowerment and equal opportunities for children in Africa by 2030

15 June 2017

Every year on the 16th of June, the world commemorates and celebrates the Day of the African Child. These celebrations present an opportunity for all of us to take stock of our efforts to protect the rights of children on the African continent, to consolidate these efforts and more importantly reflect on strategies through which we can address any obstacles for realising these rights.

The theme for this year’s commemoration is, " The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development for...

International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM 2017

6 February 2017

It's here!

Today, 6 February, is the International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM .

Today is a day of global advocacy and a chance for ordinary people all over the world to raise their voices and make a difference for girls.

Today is a day when we can all stand up and loudly proclaim that we have “zero tolerance” for this human rights violation and form of violence against women.

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UKAID fosters bridge building to end FGM: A three-way flagship partnership

3 February 2017

Given the theme for this year’s International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation – Building a solid and interactive bridge between Africa and the world to accelerate ending FGM by 2030 – we could not help reflecting on a Nigerian proverb which says: “In the moment of crisis, the wise build bridges and the foolish build dams”

The growing global movement to end FGM

10 January 2017

By Jacqui Hunt, Europe Director at Equality Now

Action to end female genital mutilation (FGM) has come a long way since pioneering anti-FGM campaigner Efua Dorkenoo OBE first spoke of it as a violation of girls’ rights over 30 years ago. Then, and for many years after, FGM was largely viewed as a cultural practice...

Is the ban on FGM and child marriage in the Gambia the end of these practices?

4 January 2017

The Gambia is a highly patriarchal society in which male dominance and superiority is rooted in the historical and cultural background of the Gambian society. This has consequently resulted to the high rate of gender-based violence, female genital mutilation and child marriage in particular. Girls who are subjected to such practices are vulnerable to many life threatening issues especially in the areas of health and general wellbeing.

Although The Gambia is a party to many...

Zero Tolerance Day 2016 - international and local efforts coincide to end FGM

6 February 2016

Today, 6 February, is the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), a practice that affects more than 200 million women and girls worldwide, according to new UNICEF statistics.

FGM is internationally recognised as a human rights violation and a form of violence against women and girls.

What is FGM?

FGM is defined by the World Health Organisation as the partial or total removal of the female genitalia for non-medical reasons. It is most...

FGM’s place strengthened in the #GlobalGoals!

12 January 2016

Good news! According to the UN Inter-Agency and Expert Group on the SDG Indicators, the ‘relevant countries only' caveat has been removed from the FGM indicator (which details what will be measured and funded).

This is important because FGM is a global issue and is not limited to certain “practicing” countries.

The Girl Generation thanks our supporters who helped our advocacy efforts, as well as our partners at Equality Now and Orchid Project for the large role they played in...

FGM banned in The Gambia!

25 November 2015
Huffington Post

The Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh announced on Monday a ban on FGM effective immediately.

This great news is a testament to the hard work of amazing activists like Dr Isatou Touray of GAMCOTRAP, Jaha Dukureh of Safe Hands for Girls, and others to end this harmful practice.

A law must now be enacted to enforce the ban, but this announcement is a welcome first step in a country with 76% FGM prevalence.

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