You can help end FGM with a monthly gift
Purity was just 12 years old when her parents decided she should undergo female genital mutilation (FGM), a life-threatening practice with serious implications for girls’ futures.
She said she was willing to take the risk of running away from home, rather than be forced to be cut. Not only are the medical consequences severe, but many girls never return to school after being cut, and are forced into child marriage.
When Purity ran away, she sought refuge at a safe house in Kenya for at-risk girls. The safe house is one of many organisations supported by ActionAid to help protect girls, educate communities about the risks of FGM, and end its practice, for good.
Thanks to ActionAid donors, Purity was able to safely escape FGM, and she is now getting the education she deserves. But there are many more girls like her who need our help: across Africa, three million girls are at risk of FGM every year.
No girl, anywhere, should be subjected to this dangerous and damaging procedure. Please donate £7 a month to help end FGM and ensure girls like Purity can grow up without fear.
How your donation can help end FGM
Your donation could help end FGM for girls like Purity, and make sure she can grow up without fear
£10 a month
could help run a girls’ club teaching girls about the dangers of FGM and their right to refuse
£7 a month
could help run a men’s forum, teaching men and boys about the dangers of FGM and how to help end it
£3 a month
could train a schoolteacher to be fully aware of the risks of FGM and learn how to stop it
Why are we asking for a monthly gift?
Every donation counts, and we’re grateful for whatever you feel you can afford. A one-off donation is a fantastic start, but issues that women and girls face, like violence and poverty, are long-term problems, and they need long-term solutions. Regular donations mean we can commit to working with women and girls for as long as it takes.
A monthly gift from you allows us to make ambitious plans, and invest in the futures of young girls and their communities. It means we can make a real, sustainable difference to the lives of women and girls.
What ActionAid does to end FGM
Female genital mutilation is a traditional practice that’s been going on for thousands of years, and as such, is deeply entrenched in social, economic and political structures.
FGM is illegal in many countries, including the UK, but because the laws aren’t always well enforced, and many people in rural communities are unaware of them, the practice still goes on.
We believe that bringing an end to female genital mutilation requires changes in attitudes and behaviour at all levels of society.
- We provide direct support to women and girls who have escaped FGM.
- We help communities to learn and openly talk about its damaging effects.
- We run youth groups to help boys and girls speak up to end FGM.
- We train women to form Women’s Watch Groups to report cases of FGM.
- We lobby governments to help pass anti-FGM laws.
- We campaign for an end to violence against women globally.
ActionAid is an international charity that works with women and girls living in poverty.
Our dedicated local staff are changing the world with women and girls. We are ending violence and fighting poverty so that all women, everywhere, can create the future they want.
We operate in rural and urban communities across Asia, Africa and Latin America.
We’re committed to ending the cycle of violence in communities around the world, enabling women’s economic empowerment, and supporting women’s and girls’ rights during humanitarian crises.