Blog: Stories of change

Community leaders denounce FGM in The Gambia

11 September 2017

Young mothers becoming activists to protect their daughters, cutters giving up their trade, and community leaders denouncing FGM – these are just some of the positive stories of change we hear from our End FGM grantees.

This week, we share some of these stories with you in a series of blog posts.

The Child and Environmental Development Association (CEDAG) from The Gambia are seeing some radical results from their work. With their end FGM grant they raise...

International Youth Day 2017 - Young People Building Peace

10 August 2017

Every year on the 12 th of August, the world comes together to celebrate International Youth Day. This year, the theme is ‘Youth Building Peace’.

As a resident of Northern Kenya and in particular Marsabit County, which on several occasions has been in the mainstream media for all the wrong reasons of ethnic conflict, allow me to enumerate the role of youth, specifically in Marsabit, towards peace building:

Peace Walk – The youth of Marsabit came together in December 2016 for...

How communication training can accelerate ending FGM in Kenya

4 August 2017

Our ambassador talks about how social change communication training can help end FGM in affected communities.

Initiatives for Progressive Change (IfPC) launched a youth network to end Female Genital Mutilation in Marsabit County, northern Kenya on International Youth Day 2016. Since then, IfPC has hosted the network and engaged them to champion the end FGM cause, mostly through social media.

With funding from The Girl Generation, IfPC trained the Saku Sub County...

My dream for the African girl child

3 August 2017

End FGM Ambassador and current Miss World Africa Evelyn Njambi shares her experience celebrating the Day of the African Child with school children in Kenya.

It was a warm, bright morning in the Rift Valley plains of Suswa, Narok County. The cheerful spirits of the school children filled the air and I felt right at home. Their smiles and laughter reiterated why we were convening to celebrate them and with them, on that Day of the African Child!

The day kicked off...

Face of Defiance: the photography exhibition celebrating FGM survivors launches in Senegal

12 July 2017

Our Global Ambassador Leyla Hussein and photographer Jason Ashwood are ecstatic to be partnering with The Girl Generation on expanding the Face Of Defiance project globally. This portrait exhibition featuring Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) survivors and campaigners seeks to broaden public awareness and to create a new positive dialogue about ending FGM. It aims to give exposure to the rights of women who should be empowered to speak out about FGM and provides them with the platform to break...

Les Visages de la Résistance : l’exposition photographique qui rend hommage aux survivantes de l'excision au Sénégal

12 July 2017

Notre Ambassadrice Globale Leyla Hussein et le photographe Jason Ashwood sont ravis de s’associer avec Génération Fille pour porter le projet Les Visages de la Résistance à l’international. Cette exposition de portraits, qui met à l’honneur des survivantes de Mutilations Génitales Féminines (MGF) ainsi que les activistes qui militent pour leur abolition, a pour objectif de sensibiliser le public et créer un dialogue positif à propos de l’importance de la lutte contre l’excision. Ce dialogue...

Free Falling in Samburu: The journey to a safehouse

7 November 2016

By Newsha Tavakolian

On a hilltop near Maralal in northern Kenya, in an empty hut, 11-year-old Eunice sat on her muddy bed covered with cow hide. The only light in the small hut was a bonfire she had made for the kettle. She felt cold, although it was warm and sunny outside.

Maybe today is the day that I will run away, she thought.


Kakenya's Dream Enoosaen: A Beacon of Hope

13 October 2016

By Kakenya Ntaiya

When I was just 5 years old, my parents announced my engagement to my 6-year-old neighbor.

“Look, there goes your husband,” they would say to me whenever he passed by.

I knew that this was the way things were done in my community, and I knew that girls...

Working to End FGM in Burkina Faso

13 September 2016

Landlocked Burkina Faso is home to one of the highest national poverty rates per capita in the world. In 2015, Burkina Faso was ranked 183 out of 187 countries on the Human Development Index.

This extreme poverty has somewhat acted as a catalyst for the development of strong gender inequality, and has resulted in high rates of violence against women and girls, including the practice of FGM.

FGM is ingrained within the traditions, customs and cultural practices of Burkinabé...

Serina's story

30 January 2016

Serina, 13, was only 10 when she said no to FGM and now aspires to be a pilot.

Doris, 13, is part of the generation to end FGM. "A girl can achieve anything when she simply has a chance."

Jane, 13, refused FGM and now dreams of becoming a doctor.

Jane, Serina and Doris drew support from The Tasaru Ntomonok Initiative, a non-profit organisation in Narok, Kenya that runs a Girl Rescue Centre. The initiative has worked for decades toward a world free from Female Genital...