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Why I am fighting FGM- high school student speaks out.

This is a guest blog by a junior high school student who contacted us to ask how she could help us to end FGM.

NO to FGM

NO to FGM

by Lauren Snow

Female Genital Mutilation. It’s not a term that is thrown around much in everyday conversation. Less than a month ago I hardly knew what it was, now I can’t keep it out of my mind. The very concept terrifies me, this is going on as we speak to some poor, innocent girl who has done nothing to deserve it.

I live in America where FGM is not as prevalent but still, I cannot help but think: That could be me. If I was born in different circumstances, maybe I would be a victim of FGM.

My body is being viewed as something that I do not have a right to; Parts of my body can be removed to “keep me pure.” As a feminist this idea appals me but I don’t think I need to convince you that FGM is wrong.

While I myself am not a victim of FGM, many young girls are, and I am fighting for them. They have suffered trauma and pain along with numerous side effects which they will have to likely deal with for the rest of their lives.

I am fighting for women all over to feel safe in their bodies, to have freedom over their bodies. As a female this issue directly affects me. There are people in the world who still believe that I do not deserve this freedom of choice over my body. They feel that they can damage me without my permission.

All of this simply because I am a woman.

I fight against FGM because I don’t want our world to be one where young girls are in pain. I don’t want them to deal with fear and confusion for the rest of their lives. I want women to be empowered. I want women to make their own decisions about their bodies.

No child can fully understand the choice of FGM when it is being made. The thing is I am only 16 years old. I cannot help heal a damaged child, or intervene in a home where FGM is being planned. Sometimes that makes me feel helpless.

There is such horrific abuse occurring in parts of the world which I have never even seen and I feel as if there is nothing I can do.

But I will continue to show support for No FGM Australia. I will do everything I can, as small as it is to show that I care about ending FGM.

And one day, when I am older I will be able to do more. But hopefully, by then I won’t have to because all you people out there, who can do something today, will.

I fight FGM for young girls who have endless potential the same way I do, but are being brought down by this horrible abuse.

I fight so that the girls won’t feel hurt and scared.

I fight FGM to prevent the horrible diseases that it can bring along.

I fight it because it is child abuse and it is wrong.

I hope that you will too.

 

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