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Why FGM by medical professionals is not the answer

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A common misconception about female genital mutilation (FGM) is that it’s only practiced in rural and remote areas, by individuals with little formal education. However,...

What is the Role of the Medical Profession in Ending FGM?

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Despite international consensus that FGM/C is a form of violence against women, there are still concerns that FGM/C continues to be performed by healthcare professionals, and may be getting in the way of progress towards the abandonment of FGM/C. The Evidence to End FGM/C research programme looked at data from women aged 15-49 in 25 countries and found that 26 percent of women that have undergone FGM/C – totalling nearly 15 million women – report having been cut by a medical professional (medicalisation). ​These findings help us to better understand which people need to be targeted in interventions that aim to end FGM/C.

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

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International Day of the Girl

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...

Gender is My Agenda – is it yours?

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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...

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

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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...

International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM 2017

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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...

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

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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”

International Youth Day 2015 Call to Action from Nigeria

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It has been some months since the bill outlawing Female Genital Mutilation was assented to by the immediate past president of Nigeria. It has also been one year since the first ever Girl Summit and #YouthforChange event in London 2014.

What can we say we have achieved and specifically,...

FGM banned in The Gambia!

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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...

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