Three million girls in Africa are at risk of female genital mutilation (FGM) each year.
FGM is life-threatening. It can cause trauma, chronic infections and lead to dangerous complications in childbirth. After undergoing FGM, many girls are forced to leave school and marry, denying them control of their own future.
But local women have the answer. Rooted in their communities, they are best placed to end FGM for good. Many have survived FGM themselves, and they work tirelessly to protect girls from undergoing the same ordeal.
Women’s groups run safe centres for girls at risk of FGM, work with the authorities to report cases and campaign nationally to bring an end to the practice. Through training sessions with parents, teachers and village elders about the dangers of FGM, they are changing behaviours within communities in the long term.
ActionAid works directly with women’s groups who are fighting FGM across ten countries in Africa, providing funding, training and support. Together, we’ve mobilised 151,000 women to challenge violence against women and girls and harmful traditional practices.
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