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Hamda, anti-FGM campaigner with ActionAid.

Meet the FGM heroes: Hamda, Somaliland

Posted in Blogs 2 years 2 months ago

Hamda is the deputy leader of a women's coalition in Somaliland. She is a survivor of female genital mutilation (FGM), and she works tirelessly to persuade people within her local community to stop carrying out FGM on their daughters, by sharing her experiences and how it could have destroyed her marriage. 

Emily, an ActionAid worker committed to ending FGM in West Pokot, Kenya.

Meet the FGM heroes: Emily, Kenya

Posted in Blogs 2 years 2 months ago

Emily, 42, is a local ActionAid worker who lives in West Pokot, Kenya. Committed to changing the lives of women and girls in the region, she works with a network of more than 100 women from surrounding villages to help stamp out female genital mutilation (FGM). Since ActionAid started working there, Emily says fewer girls are facing the cut and many more are staying in school. But, as she explains here, there is still much to do to end the practice for good.

Fatima, 50, underwent FGM in Somaliland when she was nine years old.

Meet the FGM heroes: Fatima, Somaliland

Posted in Blogs 2 years 2 months ago

Fatima underwent female genital mutilation (FGM) aged six, and she has experienced health problems throughout her life as a result. She was trained by ActionAid to raise awareness of the impact of FGM in local communities, and thanks to her work, parents have told her that they won't cut their girls. Read Fatima's story. 

Maria, 66, performed female genital mutilation (FGM) on more than 100 girls in Kenya. She gave up after attending a talk by ActionAid about the risks to pregnant women

In the fight to end FGM, Maria’s story shows that change is possible. The 66-year-old cut more than 100 girls in a job that spanned four decades. Yet she knew little about the long term health risks of FGM, which stands for female genital mutilation. That was until she attended a talk by ActionAid. What she discovered horrified her enough to put the blade down forever. It also unlocked a painful secret from her past. Here is her story. 

At risk: Irene, five, lives in a Kenyan village where almost all girls undergo FGM

For a young girl subjected to female genital mutilation (FGM) the pain does not end with the cut of the blade. On her wedding night, she relives the trauma. When she becomes pregnant she faces the prospect of life-threatening complications. Right now, in Africa, three million girls are at risk of FGM.

Students Abigail (right) and Purity (left) in class at the ActionAid-supported safe house in West Pokot, Kenya.

The best friends who escaped FGM

Posted in Blogs 2 years 8 months ago

Everyone’s got a best friend, right? And you’d probably do anything for them. I know I’d certainly do anything for mine. But I’ve never had to help my best friend escape real danger – which is exactly what 14-year-old Abigail did for Purity in Kenya.