Africa’s youth kick-start a million conversations to end FGM.

23 July 2018

Young people are speaking out to end FGM, will you join them?

Today, July 23rd, young people across Africa launch the I will end FGM campaign to end Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) by sparking one million conversations to break the silence that allows the practice to continue. 

As the largest African generation ever, young people across Africa and the rest of the world are raising their voices and making a stand to end FGM. They are pledging to make theirs the generation that ends FGM and they are inviting anyone to do the same. They are asking their friends, their peers, their communities and their leaders to join them in speaking out about FGM.

The young African advocates are posting videos on social media to speak out against FGM and are inspiring others to show their support by also making a pledge to end FGM. The videos, which are on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram with the hashtags #ihavespoken and #EndFGM, seek to break the silence that surrounds the issue.

Join them on social media and share, like and post using the hashtags. Be part of the action and visit www.iwillendfgm.org to make your commitment to end FGM. 

"I am proud to play my part in the global movement to end FGM. By speaking out, we have a huge opportunity to break the taboos that surround FGM and help others better understand the issue. By talking about FGM, we will ensure that future generations do not carry out the practice.” - Moussa Drame, Seneglese activist and journalist.

In May 2018, The Girl Generation hosted the first ever pan-African Youth Summit to end FGM in Nairobi, Kenya, bringing together over 100 young activists from 17 countries to devise a campaign to end FGM in a generation.  At the Summit, activists spoke about the culture of silence around FGM which allows it to prevail and people’s reluctance to speak about the practice means that laws alone won’t end it. To end FGM we must make our voices heard.

The Girl Generation are proud to support them to deliver a truly transformative effort.

“These young people are taking action by shattering the silence that surrounds FGM. By inviting and inspiring others to join the movement, they take a giant leap forward towards creating a world that is safer for our girls” - Dr. Faith Mwangi-Powell.

These are the commitments and call to action young people are making:

  • I WILL speak out to END FGM. Will you?
  • I WILL break the silence to END FGM. Will you?
  • I WILL raise my voice to END FGM. Will you?
  • I WILL talk it out to END FGM. Will you?
  • I WILL shout it out to END FGM. Will you?
  • I WILL talk about FGM with my family and friends. Will you?
  • I WILL spread the word, sharing what I know about FGM. Will you?

Download the Social Media Toolkit for more ideas.

What will your commitment be?

By adding your voice and support to the one million conversations around the world to end FGM, you will play a truly historic role in seeing the end of FGM globally.

FGM is human rights violation, and an extreme form of violence against women and girls that transcends cultural, religious, and economic boundaries.  It can result in a life time of physical, psychological and emotional suffering.

Did you know that 68 million girls are at risk of FGM by 2030? That’s one girl every 8 seconds. This campaign is about protecting these girls.

At least 200 million girls and women across 30 countries have already undergone FGM. The harmful practice remains nearly universal in some parts of the world, such as Somaliland and Egypt where 99% and 87% of women and girls have undergone the procedure respectively.

Whether it’s having a conversation about FGM with a group of friends, lobbying political leaders to address the issue, or sharing their support and commitment on social media - this campaign will encourage us all to do what we can to end this extreme form of violence against women and girls.

Be part of the action on social media - and share the campaign using the hashtags #ihavespoken and #EndFGM. To make your commitment to end FGM, go to www.iwillendfgm.org to speak out and share your commitment with the world.

The message is clear: FGM ends with us.

Want more ideas to get involved?  Go to www.iwillendFGM.org to find out more.

Together we will #EndFGM.

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