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Rabiatu (left) had FGM at the age of seven. Now she helps other girls avoid the pain that she went through

How child sponsorship is helping tackle FGM

Posted in Blogs 2 years 7 months ago

As anyone who sponsors a child with ActionAid will know, child sponsorship doesn't just benefit one child - it benefits their whole community. One important way that we're improving girls' lives in some of the communities where we work is through tackling female genital mutliation (FGM), and by supporting FGM survivors. Find out how child sponsorship is playing a crucial role in helping to end FGM.

Boys and girls looking out of the window of their classroom in West Pokot, Kenya. The school is supported by ActionAid

In the UK 1st September means back to school. No doubt some parents are frantically making sure their children are fully equipped for the new school year, while many girls and boys are wishing the summer holidays would never end. But in Kenya, when children return to the classroom, some faces will almost certainly be missing - the faces of girls. Girls who are absent not by choice. Not because they don't want to study. But because during the holidays they have undergone female genital mutilation (FGM).

Children taking part in 28 Too Many/Cricket Without Boundaries FGM training, Kenya, 2016.

Why medicalisation is not a solution for FGM

Posted in Blogs 2 years 7 months ago

28 Too Many is a values based charity working to end female genital mutilation (FGM). Our primary focus is on research and enabling local initiatives to end FGM in the 28 African countries where it is practised and across the diaspora.Recently, we published a report on The Medicalisation of FGM. Despite much progress towards ending FGM in recent years, the number of cases recorded worldwide annually is still staggeringly high. Equally worrying though, is the increase in the number of health professionals who are carrying out FGM procedures: the 'medicalisation of FGM'.

Pastor Emmanuel Longelech, 44, photographed with his three daughters in Kongolai, Kenya

Edwin, Emmanuel and Keke are three brave men boldly speaking out against female genital mutilation (FGM). Despite receiving widespread criticism and even death threats, they continue to promote abandoning the practice in West Pokot, Kenya. They are powerful examples to others that FGM is not just a women's issue. It is an issue that affects everyone.

Women from Kongelai communties have banded together to form the Kongelai Women's Network, a support group for women and girls, which campaigns for FGM awareness and provided help for girls escaping FGM.

It’s August - and it’s school holidays in Kenya. But for the 107 members of the Kongelai Women’s Network, it’s anything but a time to relax. The summer is known as the “cutting season”, so these women are on high alert for reports of girls being forced to have female genital mutilation (FGM) in their villages, and are ready to welcome those fleeing their homes in fear of the brutal procedure.  

Abigail's friend bled to death after having FGM in Kenya. Abigail ran away to an ActionAid safe house to avoid the same fate.

From this week, stark images of girls in Kenya will be cutting into adverts and video screens across the country. The images are part of a campaign we're launching with ActionAid Kenya to highlight how some girls' lives are being brutally cut short by FGM - whether through the immediate risks or the longer term impact.