Female genital mutilation (FGM) is a practice that involves altering or injuring the female genitalia for non-medical reasons, and it is internationally recognized as a human rights violation. Globally, it is estimated that some 200 million girls and women alive today have undergone some form of FGM. Although FGM is declining in the majority of countries where it is prevalent, most of these are also experiencing a high rate of population growth – meaning that the number of girls who undergo FGM will continue to grow if the practice continues at current levels.
An estimated 68 million girls are at risk of being mutilated by 2030. Protecting them will take a significant push to accelerate the abandonment of this harmful practice.
SOYDA Launched commemoration of International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), 6 February 2020 through community awareness engagements in Our Project Areas. Our awareness campaign started all our health facilities in Benadir and Lower Shabelle Region which aims to raise community awareness and mobilize people everywhere to bring about change through targeting Community leaders, Youth Symposium and Women entities to discuss the effects of FGM by Providing families and communities with information about the harm FGM causes – and the benefits to be gained by ending it. We encouraged families and communities taking action themselves and refusing to permit their girls to endure the violation of FGM.
FGM is a form of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) that scars girls for life, endangering their health, depriving them of their rights and the chance to reach their full potential. It is a harmful traditional practice that reflects deep-rooted inequality and is recognized internationally as a violation of the human rights of girls and women.
To promote the abandonment of FGM, coordinated and systematic efforts are needed, and they must engage whole communities and focus on human rights and gender equality. They must also address the sexual and reproductive health needs of women and girls who suffer from its consequences.
Let us make this the generation that abolishes FGM once and for all – and in doing so, helps create a healthier, better world for all.
#Unleashing Youth Power
Below are some pictures during the events.