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Types of tools used in FGM practices in Africa.

"I can still hear the sound of the cutting"

Posted in Blogs 3 years 2 months ago

I was mutilated when I was six years old. It was the most painful thing I can imagine and has caused me on-going problems ever since. I don’t have a daughter of my own to protect, but I don’t want anyone’s daughter to ever have to have FGM and suffer the way I have, and countless generations of women before me. This is my story.

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. 

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. 

Girls like Amina are at risk of violence during their long walks to fetch water.

Every day, climate change is threatening the lives of women and girls around the world. Erratic rainfall, rising sea levels and devastating droughts are destroying crops and livelihoods, and leaving women and girls vulnerable. Women already bear an unequal burden which is made worse in climate crises as they are forced to travel longer distances to collect water and supplies. On these journeys, they are often exposed to the threat of violence. Women and girls in Somaliland told us of their fears now that drought has gripped their country.

Malyuun carefully measures out rations for her family, including her one-year-old son, Sakariye-Ahmed.

How do you feed a family during a drought?

Posted in Blogs 3 years 4 days ago

The fields outside lie dry and barren, unable to produce the crops that once fed your family. Meanwhile, the cooking pot inside your hut looks equally bare. All you have is a small amount of rice, borrowed from a neighbour, with which to feed several hungry mouths. Then comes the impossible question: who do you feed first? Is it the eldest child who walks long distances in search of water and needs the energy? Or the youngest child who doesn't understand drought and is less easily consoled?

An ActionAid women's group in West Bengal, with over 200 members, who come together to learn about their rights

Our top 5 most inspirational women

Posted in Blogs 4 years 1 month ago

We hear shocking stories almost every day about horrific things that happen to women and girls across the world - from female genital mutilation to violent rape, such as the tragic case of Jyoti Singh in India. But in every country we work in there are incredibly brave women fighting to end violence against women and stand up for gender equality. This International Women's Day, we want to celebrate them.