For decades now the world has ignored the plight of thousands of girls around the world. Thousands of women and girls have been affected by female genital mutilation are living in the UK. At 16 years old I was cut by a drunk female cutter hired by my grandmother.
Female genital mutilation (FGM) includes procedures that intentionally alter or cause injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons. The procedure has no health benefits for girls and women. Procedures can cause severe bleeding and problems urinating, and later cysts, infections, infertility as well as complications in childbirth and increased risk of newborn deaths. More than 125 million girls and women alive today have been cut around the world. FGM is mostly carried out on young girls sometime between infancy and age 15. According to the United Nations FGM is a violation of the human rights of girls and women.
As a survivor of this most harmful practice, I welcome the idea of the Prime Minister David Cameroon, Justine Greening and UNICEF all coming together tackle FGM and Child Early Force Marriage once and for all. I am very positive that change is coming. On the 22nd July 2014, actions would be taken and commitments made by governments and delegates a like to end FGM and Child Early Force Marriage in this generation.
Change is coming
I will be supporting the Girl Summit to help end female genital mutilation/cutting and child force marriage in this generation. Millions of girls at risk of harmful practices around the world. The aim of the Girl Summit is reduce the exposure violence and severe long term health complication and allow girls to preserve their childhood by promoting education and fulfil their potential in life. To find out how you can make a difference please visit to make your pledge at http://t.co/TK6G6F5Xsz #GirlSummit http://t.co/oaGkzMGe4M
I hope the Girl Summit will establish lasting policies to eliminate violence against women and girls and promote equality. I hope the Girl Summit will continue with engaging with men and boys in the abandonment of female genital mutilation. Opening the Girl Summit I hope to inspire other women and girls to use their voices to reach out to others. http://bcove.me/a5rp3euu
FGM is illegal in the UK – but there have been no prosecutions.