10 Reasons to show Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
- FGM is an immensely painful, illegal practice.
- In Faatuma’s region up to 91.2% of girls are living with FGM (UNICEF, 2016).
- Women living with FGM often suffer throughout their lives – it can have a lasting effect on their maternal health.
- Girls have to experience psychological trauma during the cutting process (UNICEF, 2005).
- Progress is already being made – Ethiopia showed a reduction of 5.6% in FGM prevalence over five years (28 Too Many, 2013).
- FGM is not a religious practice – education can help communities understand this.
- Educating just five generations could eradicate FGM (28 Too Many, 2013).
- Fighting against FGM works towards 6 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
- People like Faatuma are educating their friends and daughters about FGM.
- It costs just £40 to train an extension worker to protect more girls in Ethiopia from this harmful practice.
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