Help #EndFGM in a Generation

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“I’m calling to end Female Genital Mutilation. Retweet & take a stand this Zero Tolerance Day! Together we can #endFGM http://thndr.it/1edEEXx

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Help #EndFGM in a Generation

On 6 February 2014…



This International Day for Zero Tolerance towards Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C), we want to break the silence around FGM/C and make a statement that can’t be ignored.

FGM/C is one the worst kinds of violence against girls and women. Globally more than 125 million girls and women have undergone FGM/C and 30 million girls are at risk of being cut over the next decade. Girls and women around the world have suffered a lifetime of damage, sometimes even death, as a result of this practice.

We believe that FGM/C can end in one generation – but we also recognise this is a huge task – and we all need to work together to make this a reality.  

There is a growing movement around the world to end FGM/C – from Burkina Faso to the UK. In December 2012 a UN General Assembly resolution, led by the Africa Group, called for a global ban on the practice. With strong African leadership increasing numbers of women and men in communities, traditional and religious leaders, and national policy makers are driving a movement to end the practice.

Help raise awareness this International Day and be part of a Twitter storm and Facebook frenzy by sharing this statement: I’m calling for an end to Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting. Retweet & take a stand this Zero Tolerance Day! Together we can #endFGM

You can find out more about what the UK is doing to end FGM/C in a generation at http://bit.ly/end-fgm and by following @DFID_UK #EndFGM

  • 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%. 

    Let’s keep it up. Sign up for our new ebulletin on FGM to see how the work progresses and what else you can do.

    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

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    Picture: Jessica Lea/DFID

  • Thank you for supporting our efforts to #endFGM in a generation

    February 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



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