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Girls in Kenya use song and dance to send an anti-FGM message

“I often think of suicide”. This is the final line from a young girl whose story was sent to me this week. This girl is 16 years old and from Ghana. She was forced to undergo female genital mutilation as a small child and was told that having her genitals mutilated would make her attractive to potential husbands and ensure she was faithful to him. 

Girls who escaped FGM with ActionAid's help play with their classmates in the compound of an ActionAid-supported school in West Pokot, Kenya

Last year the Department for International Development (DFID) launched a £35 million programme working across 17 countries to support Africa-led movements to end female genital mutilation. This and the UK government's upcoming July event aimed at empowering girls to reject mutilation and forced early marriage are to be applauded.

Emma Thompson and her adopted son Tindy, visited Liberia with ActionAid

Long-time ActionAid supporter and women's rights activist Emma Thompson is helping to raise awareness of what is a totally unnecessary practice and is encouraging people to take a stand and help eradicate female genital mutilation.

In Liberia, parents fear their daughters will be stigmatised from the community or unable to marry if they don’t undergo female genital mutilation

Here in Liberia we are marking the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation. We want to end this brutal practice that stands out as one of the most significant sexual and reproductive health crises of the 21st century.