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International Day of the Girl 2014- Empower girls: End FGM

October 11th 2014 is the International Day of the Girl Child. This year’s theme is “Empowering adolescent girls: Ending the cycle of violence”. Female genital mutilation is one abhorrent form of violence which is done principally to disempower girls. It is usually done by forcibly cutting off the female genitals, generally without anaesthetic in unsterile conditions. It often results […]

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Shame, stigma and silence allows FGM to continue: activist Khadija Gbla.

Khadija Gbla :The shame, stigma and silence that surrounds Female Genital Mutilation is what has allowed it to survive to this day. I want to break the silence. Silence has done nothing for us. Silence hasn’t done anything for the little girls who have been put through this horrible practice. Silence hasn’t protected them – in fact silence has ensured that to this day, as we speak, there is a girl somewhere in the world who is crying, bleeding and asking for somebody to stop what is happening to her. Silence did that. When we as a people are [...]

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