Your voices were heard!February 7, 2014
A huge thank you goes out to all of you who joined our campaign yesterday. Together we reached more than 5.4 million accounts around the world with the message of zero tolerance towards female genital mutilation.
There is real momentum behind this movement. Change is happening. Evidence suggests that FGM/C can end in one generation, and UNICEF and UNFPA report that nearly 10,000 communities abandoned the practice as of 2013.
Take this picture of Awa shown above (middle). Her parents have decided not to let their daughter undergo FGM/C. And they’re not alone - in Burkina Faso the prevalence of FGM/C among girls aged 15-19 has dropped by 31%.
And if you are an organisation which shares the vision of seeing an end to FGM/C in a generation, the new consortium leading on a global social change campaign would love to hear from you – please contact EndFGMC@options.co.uk
Find out more:
- 10 Things You Need To Know About Female Genital Mutilation
- Video: Why does FGM/C happen?
- Blog: A global movement, led by Africa - let's break the cycle
Picture: Jessica Lea/DFID
Thank you for supporting our efforts to #endFGM in a generationFebruary 4, 2014
Thank you all for your support to our Thunderclap campaign to help end Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) in a generation. Thanks to you, we have reached our target of 500 supporters – that’s a social reach of over 2.4 million people! The Thunderclap will launch on 6 February @ 11.30am GMT. We’re not giving up yet though, so please keep sharing the Thunderclap with your friends and family.
We also wanted to update you on this African-led movement for change. Last week, UK International Development Minister Lynne Featherstone visited Burkina Faso to see the efforts of a country which is leading the way in ending FGM/C. The First Lady Chantal Compaore has driven positive change across the country. The government is addressing the practice from all angles from improving health services, including FGM/C in the school curriculum and enforcing legislation. Between 2009 and 2013, 117 cases of FGM/C were reported and 192 people were convicted.
UK aid is supporting this work through the UNICEF and UNFPA Joint Programme to end FGM/C in Burkina Faso and across Africa. While much more needs to be done - 76% of girls and women from 15 to 49 years old in Burkina Faso have undergone the practice - only 9% of Burkinabés, men and boys included, think it should continue.
Burkina Faso is an example of how positive change is possible if we all work together. See Lynne Featherstone's blog from her trip here: http://blogs.dfid.gov.uk/2014/01/positive-news-from-burkina-faso-on-the-work-to-end-fgmc