200 Million Girls Have No Choice! #EndFGM

Safe Hands For Girls
Publication Date:
5 February 2020
Africa, Gambia, Health and Medicine, Human Rights, Pregnancy and Childbirth, Women and Gender

Every year, more than 3 million girls in the world suffer from this type of violence; and France is not to be outdone, as there has recently been an increase of those acts. Nearly 60 000 women and girls have experienced a FGM according to the French Institute for Demographic Studies (FIDS/INED). Victim herself, Jaha Dukureh is the founder of the Safe Hands for Girls association. She will launch a global awarenss-raising campaign under the hashtag #EndFGM. "Safe Hands for Girls focuses on educating young people, working with religious leaders, having programs in hospitals and schools, and mobilizing youth to make sure that we end FGM in our generation. Because women should be allowed to make a choice when it comes to their bodies and no one should be able to do something to a person's body without their consent. This campaign deals with choice. As an adult woman, I can make a conscience decision to pierce my body. But with FGM, there is mostly no choice. It happens to helpless babies or people that can't defend themselves. I speak for all these women" states Jaha Dukureh.

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