Every ten seconds, it’s estimated that somewhere in the world, a little girl is mutilated.
There are no medical benefits to FGM, only harm.
The cutting is carried out without a doctor or anaesthetic, usually on girls between 5 and 8 years old.
We believe that together, we can end FGM worldwide by 2030. Are you in?
IN MY WORDS: JAHA DUKUREH
“It wasn’t until I was pregnant with my daughter, that I started to speak out against FGM. I didn’t want my daughter to ever have to go through what I had.
I also knew there were millions of girls out there, just like me and my daughter, and no one was speaking for them. If it wasn’t going to me, who else would do that?”
Right now, we are at a tipping point in the movement to end FGM. Not only do we have survivors who are taking the lead in fighting against FGM, we also have the political will across the African continent, and UN agencies that are doing more than ever before. Because we have created a movement where women are leading the change, I think we have a chance to make 2030 arrive early.”
– Jaha Dukureh, UN Women Goodwill Ambassador
IN MY WORDS: NIMCO ALI
“I was subjected to FGM when I was 7. My mum was there. The pain of peeing was beyond anything I’d known.
You will never end poverty or have peace if you pin girls down aged 5, cut them, break them and sell them for some cows.
Orgasms and sexual pleasure are a human right. I guard these things with my life.
Please stand with me in shaping a world free from abuse.”
– Nimco Ali, Special Advisor to UN Women UK