General FGM

Guest Blog by Kemi Omololu-Olunloyo, Journalist/Founder and News Director #HNNAfrica

09 December 2016 General FGM

For the last 16 days I have witnessed an overwhelming scene on social media of something I thought I was dealing with alone. Female Genital Mutilation. FGM was performed on me at age 5 and I will never forget the event.

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Guest Blog from Bakary Seedy Damph (Buba): Kids Come First

11 November 2016 General FGM Research

Bakary Seedy Damph (Buba) founded and runs Kids Come First Foundation, a community based advocacy group that offers support and empowers children irrespective of their backgrounds. The foundation addresses issues such as Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and Child Marriage and provides affected children and their families with psychological, financial and emotional support based on a fair assessment of their needs.

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Guest Blog by Ayako Fujihara - The role of NGOs in contributing to the reduction of FGM: Case Studies of Togo and Benin

28 October 2016 FGM and the Law General FGM

This paper employs a cross-country comparison of the role of NGOs in advocating an end to FGM, in order to explore what can be done in countries that have legislated against the practice but have seen limited success in enforcement. As of 2015, 25 countries in Africa have legislations or decrees against FGM. Practices in Togo and Benin will be discussed as both countries have seen a significant decline in the prevalence rate of FGM over the past 2 decades.

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International Literacy Day 2016

08 September 2016 General FGM

Today is International Literacy Day and as a Communications Manager, literacy is something that obviously comes high up on my agenda. But literacy really is something that should be on everyone´s agenda because, astonishingly, over 750 million people in the world are illiterate, two-thirds of them women.

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The role of Gambian men in the fight against Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in The Gambia: Guest blog by Andrew Mendy

28 July 2016 General FGM

A guest blog by Andrew Mendy on the role of men in the fight against FGM in The Gambia.

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Cuttin' It: Blog by Ann-Marie Wilson

01 June 2016 General FGM

28 Too Many Executive Director Ann-Marie Wilson reflects on new play Cuttin' It which looks at FGM in modern Britain.

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Interview with Solomon Onita Jr about the film "JOY": Guest blog by Imuetinyan Ugiagbe

15 April 2016 General FGM

A short blog and audio of an interview with Solomon Onita Jr about his film "Joy" which tells the story of a women's struggle to protect her daughter from the harm of FGM whilst being true to her cultural heritage.

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The Challenge to end FGM in The Gambia: Guest blog by Andrew Mendy

16 March 2016 General FGM

A guest blog by campaigner Andrew Mendy reflecting on progress in the fight against FGM in The Gambia and what further action is needed.

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Ending FGM in Kenya: Guest Blog by Margaret Gati

07 March 2016 General FGM

A special blog for International Women's Day 2016 from 28 Too Many volunteer Margaret Gati about FGM in Kenya and the progress towards ending it.

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International Day of Zero Tolerance to FGM: Guest blog by Nigeen Dara

06 February 2016 General FGM

A new blog by medical student Nigeen Dara to mark the UN International Day for Zero Tolerance to FGM.

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Dropping the Knife in The Gambia: Guest blog by Jacqueline Hoover

21 December 2015 General FGM

A blog by 28 Too Many Trustee Jacqueline Hoover on the Fifth Dropping the Knife ceremony in The Gambia hosted by anti-FGM organisation GAMCOTRAP.

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FGM and Initiation Rites: Guest blog by Sarajane Rodgers

09 December 2015 General FGM

In her new blog psychology student Sarajane Rodgers explores the impact of FGM on survivors.

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The Corridor of Opportunity - Guest blog by Julia Farman

17 November 2015 General FGM

Julia Farman from Cricket Without Boundaries writes about how sport has the power to engage and empower girls and women.

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Warriors film London premiere and Q&A - blog by Noa Marson

14 November 2015 General FGM

Noa Marson, youth Ambassador for 28 Too Many writes about an inspiring evening at the Warriors film premiere and special Q&A session held in London on 13th November.

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FGM: A Kurdish Woman's Ordeal - guest blog by Nigeen Dara

10 November 2015 General FGM

A new blog by 28 Too Many volunteer Nigeen who campaigns against FGM and raises awareness of this as an issue for women from the Middle East and especially Kurdistan. In this blog she tells the story of a young Kurdish woman who is a survivor of female genital mutilation (FGM).

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How to celebrate and help others - Guest blog by Helena Sharpstone

23 September 2015 General FGM

28 Too Many ambassador Helena Sharpstone blogs about why she has decided to celebrate her upcoming birthday by helping others.

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Cycling around London to end FGM - Guest blog by Noa Marson

17 September 2015 General FGM

28 Too Many Youth Ambassador Noa Marson and her friend Laura Lewis recently cycled around London wearing animal costumes to raise money to help end FGM. read their blog about an unusual day!

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As a student in the UK, is FGM impersonal and am I helpless? - Guest blog by Tamsyn Radmall

28 July 2015 General FGM

A guest blog by student Tamsyn reflecting on what she has learnt about FGM during her summer placement with 28 Too Many.

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Working with women who have experienced female circumcision, genital cutting or FGM: Guest blog by Karen Walkden

13 July 2015 General FGM

28 Too Many Trustee Karen Walkden reviews the recent conference hosted by the British Psychological Society’s Division of Clinical Psychology’s Faculty for Sexual Health and HIV held an event for clinicians and others working with women impacted by FGM.

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Raising awareness of FGM in Mali - blog by Ann-Marie Wilson

30 June 2015 General FGM

A report on a week of meetings and hopeful discussions on ending FGM in Mali as Ann-Marie and Tina conclude their month in West Africa.

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Making progress to end FGM in Senegal - Blog by Ann-Marie Wilson and Tina Bellamy

23 June 2015 General FGM

A new blog from Ann-Marie and Tina as they continue their visit to West Africa with a colourful and rewarding 8 days in Senegal.

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A week in The Gambia - Blog by Ann-Marie Wilson and Tina Bellamy

15 June 2015 General FGM

A blog from Ann-Marie and Tina on a busy 8 days in The Gambia, meeting anti-FGM campaigners, sharing our research on FGM and learning how we can support local efforts to stop FGM.

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Islam and Female Genital Mutilation (FGM): Guest blog by Nigeen Dara

02 June 2015 General FGM

Despite predating Islam and Christianity many people believe FGM to be a religious practice. In her latest blog 28 Too Many volunteer Nigeen Dara investigates the Islamic view on FGM to increase understanding and challenge harmful misconceptions about the practice.

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Making a difference - Guest blog by 28 Too Many Ambassador Louise Hunt

19 May 2015 General FGM

A guest blog by 28 Too Many Ambassador Louise Hunt. Louise is a paralympian wheelchair tennis player with a passion for encouraging others and making sure everyone can fulfill their true potential. read her blog about why she has joined the campaign to help end FGM.

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What Was Never Said - a book review by 28 Too Many Youth Ambassador Noa Marson

14 May 2015 General FGM

28 Too Many's Youth Ambassador Noa Marson reviews "What Was Never Said", the new book by writer and teacher Emma Craigie. A gripping and sensitively written story of a young girl seeking safety from the harmful practice of female genitial mutilation (FGM).

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FGM is everyone's business - Guest blog by Chris O'Hanlon

06 May 2015 General FGM

Hoping to inspire more men to join the fight against FGM, 28 Too Many volunteer Chris O'Hanlon tells the story of why he is committed to help end this harmful practice.

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References to FGM in Party Manifestos - UK General Election 2015

27 April 2015 General FGM

A guest blog by 28 Too Many Trustee Karen Walkden highlighting what each of the main political parties standing in the UK General Election has put in their manifesto's regarding tacking FGM and VAWG.

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Spinning to change lives - Guest blog by Nia Dowd

14 April 2015 General FGM

Earlier this year Nia Dowd took on a personal endurance challenge to complete 12 hours non-stop pedalling on a spin bike to help end FGM. In this blog she tells her story and hopes to inspire more people to take action.

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WOW Festival 2015: The Misrepresentation of Women in Society - Guest blog by Noa Marson

11 March 2015 General FGM

A guest blog by 28 Too Many Youth Ambassador Noa Marson on the WOW Festival which took place in London 1st to 8th March.

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How do we end FGM? – LSE Event 5th February 2015

17 February 2015 General FGM

A great blog by 28 Too Many volunteer Asha Chadeesingh on our recent evening at the London School of Economics (LSE) talking to students about our work to end FGM.

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Not in your backyard? - a guest blog by Sarajane Rodgers

30 January 2015 General FGM

When you think of female genital mutilation (FGM), where does one picture such a thing taking place? Is it in some far off land? The United States, a country based on principles of freedom of the mind, body, and spirit, would be immune to something like FGM, right? In this blog 28 Too Many supporter Sarajane Rodgers explores the reality of FGM in the USA.

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FGM in Kurdistan: An Ancient Ritual - blog by 28 Too Many volunteer Nigeen Akram

06 January 2015 General FGM

28 Too Many volunteer Nigeen Akram blogs about the brave women of Kurdistan battling to protect their homeland from extremist forces and also for women's rights and to end harmful practices like FGM. On a recent trip to Kurdistan Nigeen met FGM survivors and in this blogs she tells the story of one women who underwent the practice but has vowed to break the cycle and end FGM in her family to protect her daughters.

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Where can you go if you are worried about FGM? - blog by Asha Chadeesingh

09 December 2014 General FGM

A blog by 28 Too Many volunteer Asha on the support services that are available to girls and women affected by FGM and why this remains a key issue for campaigners.

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Why should UK students care about FGM? Blog by 28 Too Many volunteer Asha Chadeesingh

11 November 2014 General FGM

As we approach the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence (25th Nov to 10th Dec), 28 Too Many volunteer Asha blogs to encourage her fellow students to get active and be part of the generation that will end female genital mutilation (FGM).

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A Kurdish Girl's story of FGM: Blog Action Day post by Nigeen Akram

16 October 2014 General FGM

A powerful blog by 28 Too Many volunteer and medical student Nigeen telling the story of a Kurdish FGM survivor she met during a visit to Iraqi Kurdistan this summer. We share this on Blog Action Day 2014 in the hope that it will be seen by many people and encourage support for the brave Kurdish women standing against FGM.

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The Cruel Cut Workshop - blog by 28 Too Many volunteer Asha Chadeesingh

14 October 2014 General FGM

A review of the recent Cruel Cut workshop in London, featuring anti-FGM campaigners, health, legal and other experts to provide life-saving and life-changing awareness and training of FGM

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FGM in the UK - Guest blog by Jade Botha

17 September 2014 General FGM

Jade Botha became aware of FGM while studying in the UK for masters degree in education studies. Inspired to focus on FGM in the UK for her dissertation, Jade explains what she learnt and why she supports the campaign to end FGM.

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How people around the world are joining the growing movement to end FGM

08 September 2014 General FGM

An update on some of our fantastic supporters who are taking action and have joined the global movement to end FGM.

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Why is Flimsymoon supporting 28 Too Many's work to end FGM? Guest blog by Phoebe Waller

18 August 2014 General FGM

A guest blog by Phoebe Waller on why new luxury lingerie label Flimsymoon has chosen to donate some of the proceeds from its Kickstarter fundraising campaign to help 28 Too Many's work to end FGM.

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The Girl Summit looked to a better future but what about girls facing FGM this summer? Blog by 28 Too Many Volunteer Shirelle Salem

07 August 2014 General FGM

The recent Girl Summit on female genital mutilation and child early forced marriage was an important step in the fight to end these harmful practices and looks to a better future but what about the girls at risk of FGM now? 28 Too Many volunteer Shirelle Salem blogs to raise awareness of the thousands of British girls at risk of FGM this summer.

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Girl Effect Live - Blog by 28 Too Many volunteer Shirelle Salem

28 July 2014 General FGM

28 Too Many volunteer Shirelle blogs about the inspiring Girl Effect Live which took place in London on Sunday 20th July 2014. An exciting female-led day of music, art, poetry, comedy, expert discussions and workshops to celebrate the power of girls and young women.

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The Girl Summit 2014: Ending FGM and Child and Forced Marriage

14 July 2014 General FGM

28 Too Many is supporting The Girl Summit 2014. Bringing together governments, experts and activists, this will be first international forum to look at FGM and child and forced marriage. Read more about the event and what it aims to achieve in our latest blog.

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How community action is tackling FGM in Pokot - Guest blog by Kabete Benard

17 June 2014 General FGM

Kabete Benard provides an insight into community development work in Pokot County in Kenya where FGM is still widely practised.

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What makes someone want to run a half marathon? - Guest blog by Esther Marshall

27 May 2014 General FGM

Esther Marshall, a physiotherapist and pilates instructor from East London, explains her motivation for taking part in the Run Hackney Half Marathon to raise money for 28 Too Many and help end FGM.

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Bristol 10k: My life changing run - Guest blog by Kat Brealey

20 May 2014 General FGM

On Sunday 11th May, Kat and her husband Ben completed the Bristol 10K to raise money to help end FGM and change the lives of women and girls around the world. As well as helping to empower other women, Kat also found that preparing for and completing the run was a hugely empowering experience for her.

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Inspiring a generation to end FGM - Guest blog by 28 Too Many volunteer Vivien Cohen

13 May 2014 General FGM

A blog by 28 Too Many volunteer Vivien Cohen on some of the women who inspire our work to end FGM and are making a difference to millions of women and girls worldwide.

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Why we must all help end FGM - guest blog by 28 Too Many supporter Nigeen Akram

29 April 2014 General FGM

Student Nigeen Akram blogs about FGM in the UK in the first of a series of posts on the campaign to end FGM. She wants to raise awareness and encourage others to join the growing global movement against FGM.

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Raising awareness of FGM in Uganda - guest blog by Lydia Miller

25 April 2014 General FGM

Lydia Miller writes about her recent trip to Uganda and how she was able to use 28 Too Many's research to raise awareness of FGM as part of her workshops for teachers on child safeguarding.

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Running to end FGM - guest blog by Kat Brealey

23 April 2014 General FGM

28 Too Many supporter Kat Brealey writes about why she and her husband Ben have signed up to run the Bristol 10k on 11th May to raise funds to help our work to end FGM. We are very grateful to them for doing this challenge and if you are able to please support them in this challenge.

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Progress ending FGM in East Africa: Interview with Ann-Marie Wilson

15 April 2014 General FGM

Following her recent trip to share our research on FGM in four countries in East Africa, 28 Too Many Executive Director Ann-Marie Wilson is interviewed by volunteer Alison Glennie.

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"We owe it to the children. We can make a difference." - Blog by Amy Hurn, 28 Too Many Research Project Manager

08 April 2014 General FGM

28 Too Many research Project Manager Amy Hurn writes about an emotional and informative day at the Metropolitan Police Project Azure Conference in London on 29th March 2014.

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The time is now to end FGM - Guest blog by 28 Too Many volunteer Daisy Marshall

02 April 2014 General FGM

Research volunteer Daisy Marshall wirtes about a recent event on FGM organised by Leeds Students for Women International Society.

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What will a successful prosecution for FGM in the UK achieve? Guest blog by 28 Too Many Volunteer Helen Reid

31 March 2014 General FGM

As the Crown Prosecution Service announces the first prosecutions for FGM in the UK 28 Too Many volunteer Helen Reid considers what a successful prosecution could mean to the campaign against the practice.

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How New Wine Women in the UK are helping to change the lives of girls and women in Africa - guest blog by Ruth Samuels

05 March 2014 General FGM

28 Too Many volunteer Ruth Samuels reflects on the support and encouragement from New Wine Women for our work to end FGM and how this is helping to improve the lives of women and girls around the world.

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Rising for Justice - Guest blog by 28 Too Many volunteer Hilary Campbell

25 February 2014 General FGM

28 Too Many volunteer Hilary Campbell writes about One Billion Rising 2014 and the Rise for Justice rally which took place in Trafalgar Square in London on 14th February.

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Working to end FGM in East Africa

18 February 2014 General FGM

During February 28 Too Many Executive Director Ann-Marie Wilson visits East Africa to meet anti-FGM activisits in Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. In this blog we find out what she hopes to achieve from this trip.

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Why we must ensure all children have appropriate sex and relationship education? Guest blog by 28 Too Many volunteer Helen Reid

27 January 2014 General FGM

28 Too Many volunteer Helen Reid writes about why we need compulsory sex and relationship education (SRE) for all children. There is growing evidence that SRE not only provides the knowledge necessary to build safe and healthy relationships but it also plays a vital role in reducing sexual violence and can help tackle harmful practices like FGM.

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It's time for men to stand up and say no to FGM

23 January 2014 General FGM

Did you know the on that day when the real men stand up and say no to FGM it will be on that day when we will say a final RIP to Female Genital Mutilation? In a guest blog for 28 Too Many, Geoffrey Otieno from Kenya talks about the role of men in FGM and why they should take action to end this harmful practice.

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What changes are taking place in FGM in Tanzania? Guest blog by a 28 Too Many researcher

23 December 2013 General FGM

During August and September 2013 Gosbert Lwentaro, a researcher based in Dar es Salaam undertook research on FGM in Tanzania for 28 Too Many. His research included meetings and community group discussions in Arusha and Moshi and in this blog he shares some of the findings which show how FGM is changing in Tanzania.

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How can we talk about FGM in a culturally sensitive and progressive way? Guest blog by Diya Mukarji

16 December 2013 General FGM

An interesting and thoughtful blog by Diya Mukarji, a post-colonial feminist and anti-FGM campaigner. In this piece Diya explores how we can discuss a difficult topic like FGM in a culturally sensitive and progressive way which does not hinder efforts to end the practice.

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Fighting against FGM and for Human Rights in Tanzania - Blog by Louise Robertson, Communications and Campaigns Manager, 28 Too Many

10 December 2013 General FGM

As we celebrate Human Rights Day 2013, we share a story of a brave woman in Tanzania urging others to abandon the harmful traditional practice of female genital mutilation (FGM).

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28 Too Many Celebrate International Volunteer Day 2013 - guest blog by volunteer Alison Glennie

05 December 2013 General FGM

On International Volunteers Day 2013, 28 Too Many communications volunteer Alison Glennie explains why volunteering is important and how it changes the lives of the volunteers as well the people they help.

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Female Genital Mutilation: Just a Women's Issue? - guest blog by Winnie Cheung

25 November 2013 General FGM

28 Too Many volunteer Winnie Cheung discusses the campaign against FGM in the UK and what impact the attitude that this is a "women's issue" has on progress to end the practice.

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A commitment to change: why it is important to provide asylum to those at risk of FGM - guest blog by Vivien Cohen

09 October 2013 General FGM

A new blog by 28 Too Many volunteer Vivien Cohen looking at FGM and asylum makes a powerful case for why those seeking protection from FGM should be offered safety.

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Painful Truth Poem: A blog and poem on FGM for National Poetry Day 2013

03 October 2013 General FGM

On National Poetry Day (UK) 2013 we share a powerful and moving poem written by a Somali FGM survivor.

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Questions about FGM: Blog by 28 Too Many volunteer Alison Glennie

28 August 2013 General FGM

Following a recent talk on FGM at a Galactic Orchids meeting, 28 Too Many communications volunteers interviews Ann-Marie Wilson about the talk and asks some of the challenging questions about FGM.

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Flight for Every Mother: The journey begins

13 August 2013 General FGM

A blog by 28 Too Many Operations Co-ordinator Louise Robertson on Flight for Every Mother - an exciting and challenging journey across Africa by Obstetrician Dr Sophia Wesbter. Flying a small plane, Sophia will be visiting 25 African countries delivering medical supplies and training to improve maternal health and to tackle issues like FGM, early marriage and lack of basic medical support which can save thousands of lives each year.

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Interview with Ann-Marie Wilson by 28 Too Many volunteer Vivien Cohen

07 August 2013 General FGM

Our latest guest blog by 28 Too Many volunteer Vivien Cohen is an interview with Ann-Marie Wilson on 28 Too Many's achievements over the last year and what is coming up next.

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What are you doing this summer? A guest blog by a 28 Too Many volunteer

23 July 2013 General FGM

A new blog by one of our team of volunteer campaigners on the summer "cutting season", when the risk of FGM dramatically rises for young girls during the long schools holidays.

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FGM: Not just something that happens to other people - a guest blog by Tallulah Staple

10 July 2013 General FGM

A guest blog by Tallulah Staple, a student in London, about how she was inspired to research FGM and raise awareness via a podcast.

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An award-winning film and top expert shed light on the hidden world of FGM

02 July 2013 General FGM

A guest blog by Jess Frampton, member of the London Committee for the UK National Committee for UN Women about how an award-winning film and one of the country’s top experts shed light on the hidden world of FGM.

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Cutting the Rose: a guest blog by Amanda Epe Health 28 Too Many Volunteer, trainer/coach and writer/activist against FGM

25 June 2013 General FGM

A personal account of how a father's story about FGM sowed a seed for one women to become a campaigner against this harmful practice.

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Is education the most powerful weapon in the fight against FGM? Blog by Louise Robertson, Operations Coordinator at 28 Too Many

14 May 2013 General FGM

Nelson Mandela said that education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. I was reminded of this quote by the striking fact that only 19% of Kenya girls who have secondary level education undergo female genital mutilation (FGM) compared to an alarming 54% of girls who do not get a school education.

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In so many parts of the world, women are treated as second class citizens. What could the future look like for gender equality in the global community? Guest Blog by Sara Abdul Rahim, Masters student

28 March 2013 General FGM

The stark reality is, that in many parts of the world today women are denied access to pivotal rights for the mere fact of being female. Thereby women settle into second class status in their own homelands and, generations of young girls are raised as witnesses to the burden of their gender. It’s a cyclical

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FGM in the UK – a case for renewed optimism? Guest Blog by Marianna Ryan, 28 Too Many Social Media Volunteer

28 February 2013 General FGM

It is sobering that over 20,000 young girls and women are at risk of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) each year in the UK- a developed nation with a commitment to human rights, as well as a comprehensive child protection framework. More worrying is that this statistic is, at best, an educated estimate, since FGM often

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What is the point of a day to mark zero tolerance to FGM? Blog by Ann-Marie Wilson, Executive Director

12 February 2013 General FGM

We had a successful media campaign last week with blogs in the Huff Post  and on Tearfund’s website. We also appeared on USB radio on 6th February and Ben TV on 7th February.  We look forward to another fruitful year of campaigning as we launch our next campaign on 13th February.  Watch this space!

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Female Genital Mutilation: A Crime against women. Guest Blog by Abigal Muchecheti, Author and Campaigner Against FGM.

31 January 2013 General FGM

I am writing this article for all the girls around the world who have been genitally mutilated. Culturalists will argue that this subject should be left untouched as it projects and demeans a people’s culture. To such people I have this to say – FGM is a cruel, inhuman practice that not only belittles women

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In November 2012, the UN approved a worldwide ban on the practice of Female Genital Mutilation. Guest blog by Wafa Farah, Journalist student at Hull Art & Design School.

25 January 2013 General FGM

The World Health Organisation reports about 140 million girls and women are currently living with the consequence of female genital mutilation (FGM). The practice of FGM  is over a 2000 year old cultural tradition, which requires the cutting or the removal of the external genitals. FGM is mostly carried out on young girls between infancy

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What does progress look like for today’s global female community? Guest blog by Vivien Cohen, 28 Too Many Volunteer

15 January 2013 General FGM

In the fight for global female equality, it often seems that women have been doomed from the start. Blamed for original sin, we were responsible for all the ills in the world. In most religions in fact, women do not come across particularly favourably and, considering that for millennia it is organised religion which has

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