PTSD, The plight of FGM in The Gambia, Africa

Slowly changing, but unmoving: The plight of FGM in The Gambia, Africa A Stop FGM – Female Genital Mutilation sign in Bakau New Town, Gambia gives a phone number to reach for those women who want talk with someone about FGM. Image: Nichol Brummer/Flickr London, UNITED KINGDOM, WESTERN EUROPE: Rainy season in upcountry rural Gambia, is green. It is a warm, inviting blend of a thousand greens; a mixture of beautiful, calm, peaceful mingling greens. As I look around and soak in the reality … [Read more...]

Jihadists in Iraq – Girls undergo FGM ‘Fatwa’, ISIS

GENEVA: Jihadists in Iraq have ordered that all women between the ages of 11 and 46 must undergo female genital mutilation, which could affect up to four million women and girls in the war-ravaged country, a UN official said Thursday. The UN's second most senior official in Iraq, Jacqueline Badcock, said, "It is a fatwa (or religious edict) from ISIS, we learnt about it this morning. We have no precise numbers." The Islamic State, formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the … [Read more...]

Eve Ensler – WOMAN of ACTION™

  A Celebration of Women™ is inspired to Celebrate the Life of one of our world's most active women on this planet. Rising above her own challenges in youth, and through all the actions of her life, she has grown into a true power of example for all women to  unite globally and become strong so to Take Action, Rise Up and Stop Violence Against Women. She has devoted her life to stopping violence, envisioning a planet in which women and girls will be free to thrive, rather than merely … [Read more...]

February 6 – International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation

Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation The International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation is observed each year to raise awareness about this practice. Female genital mutilation of any type has been recognized as a harmful practice and violation of the human rights of girls and women. WHO is committed to the elimination of female genital mutilation within a generation and is focusing on advocacy, research and guidance for health professionals and health … [Read more...]

Female Genital Cutting (FGM) – Ending in Northern Ethiopia, celebrate!

  Two Districts in Northern Ethiopia  Declare an End to Female Genital Cutting       AFAR, Ethiopia — An official declaration marking the abandonment of female genital cutting was issued recently in the Amibara and the Awash-Fentale districts of Ethiopia’s Afar Region. The effort to abandon cutting started nearly 10 years ago in both districts. In 2008, UNICEF and UNFPA began a joint programme to support that effort in Semera town. The initiative culminated this past November in two separate … [Read more...]

UN Top Officials – Celebrate Call to 'Abolish FGM' globally!

    Top UN officials call for abolishing female genital mutilation   A type of blade used to carry out the FGM operation February 2011 – Stressing that all girls deserve to grow up free from harmful practices that endanger their well-being, United Nations officials on Sunday called for abolishing the practice of female genital mutilation to help millions lead healthier lives.     Female genital mutilation or cutting (FGM/C) is the partial or total removal of the external genitalia – … [Read more...]

International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation – 6 February 2011

  Celebrating the end of this FGM procedure....zero tolerance!     International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation 6 February 2011     The International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation is observed each year to raise awareness about this practice. Female genital mutilation of any type has been recognized as a harmful practice and violation of the human rights of girls and women. WHO is committed to the elimination of female genital mutilation within a … [Read more...]

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