Today is the 10th anniversary of the International Day of Zero Tolerance of FGM! What is FGM?

Female Genital Mutilation.

FGM

In short, Female Genital Mutilation is total or partial removal of the female external genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons, as defined by the World Health Organization (WHO). The WHO estimates that 140 million girls and women are affected by FGM each year (WHO, 2013). There are no known health benefits to FGM. Even worse, it can cause several short and long-term complications such as pain, severe bleeding, dislocation, infections, scarring, etc. Last year, Julia wrote an excellent post about Female Genital Mutilation, Cutting, and Positive Change.

fgm-infographic-1Amnesty International runs a campaign to End FGM.  Follow them on Twitter @ENDFGM_Amnesty. This video was recently released featuring “Art for Action,” an initiative with the support of four international artists to raise awareness about FGM and violence against women.

There are several other organizations working to end FGM like:

FGM is real. And it is a difficult issue. I was talking to a friend from Somalia a while ago and I brought up the topic of FGM. She immediately became defensive, defending this longstanding cultural tradition. We must raise awareness.

Stop FGM.

Do you know of other organizations working to eliminate FGM? Tweet us @GirlsGlobe! Tell us what you are doing to raise awareness about this issue in your community. How do you relate this issue to your own life and why is it important to you?

Share your thoughts

6 Responses

  1. FGM is nothing but Human Disfiguration. It’s pain and simply a form of RAPE: Whether it be their Custom or Not. Our clitoris was given to us for a Reason, and NOBODY, No matter WHAT their Beliefs or Customs has the Right To deprive Young Girls or women of Any Age, Race or Creed, of Sexual Enjoyment. These Poor Young Girls think that they have No Choice and that it’s NORMAL to have their Clitorus Mutilated … IT’S NOT Normal … It’s Inhumane !

  2. Thanks for the links. I have retweeted. More awareness is important . Women can be our own worst enemy also since they perpetuate the practice by performing FGMs. All women need to be advocates of change not resistant to change within cultures.

    1. Bloggingella, Thank you so much! Please do continue to raise awareness! It is so true that women can perpetuate the issue as well….there are so many factors that go into this harsh practice. We need EVERYONE to advocate for change and to end FGM. Thanks for your support!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Join our free

Digital Communications Challenge for Changemakers!

Do you work with digital communications to drive change, for an organization or for your activism or advocacy?

  • Are you overwhelmed in this digital world?
  • Do you doubt your efforts or worry where to start?  
  • Are you having trouble connecting with the right audience?
  • Have you lost motivation this past year? 

If so, join Girls’ Globe’s free challenge to boost your digital communications and confidence as you work to make change in a digital world. 

Our 3-day challenge starts Tuesday, November 23. Sign up now and don’t miss out! 

Signing up will give you email updates about the challenge, and a subscription to our weekly emails with inspiration for changemakers. No commitments and it’s all free.

Coming Soon!

Subscribe and be the first to
know when we launch.

The content on Girls’ Globe is created by our members – activists, advocates and experts on gender equality, human rights and social justice from around the world.