Because I am a girl

Because I am a girl #FGMrose

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Those who visit regularly will know that I am passionate about society bringing an end to violence against women. Sadly, this won’t happen magically, or without significant effort. It needs all of us to work together and say no. Because I am a girl does not mean I deserve violence. As a parent of a daughter, I want her to grow up in a world where she will not come to harm simply because she is a girl.

For girls born into African cultures Female genital mutilation (FGM) is a horrendous practice with significant consequences. It happens the world over, including here in the UK. 20,000 girls in the UK are at risk of FGM this year alone.

It’s coming up to cutting season in the UK right now. The school summer holidays are the time when girls are taken over to Africa to have their genitals mutilated – simply because they are girls.

It’s hoped by taking girls to Africa, the practice can be done without the knowledge of the authorities and the girl will have healed sufficiently for no one to notice the pain she is when she returns to school in the UK in September.

In Africa, 3 million girls are at risk of FGM this year – simply because they are born girls. An incredible 101 million girls over the age of ten have undergone FGM in Africa. 125 million girls and women worldwide have undergone FGM. Simply, because they were born a girl.

What is FGM?

FGM is the practice of partially or totally removing the external genitalia of girls and young women. There are no medical reasons for this practice. It’s a cultural belief that because you’re a girl, FGM will make you more appealing to men. It’s seen as a requirement for obtaining a ‘good marriage match’ for your daughter.

FGM is usually performed on girls and women without their permission, without pain relief, and often against their will. It is a violation of human rights. It has to stop.

Today, I’m asking you to take a minute of your time. That’s literally all will take. One minute. Help make some changes. Make a difference to the lives of women the world over by sharing Plan UK‘s #FGMrose video.

In this case, sharing really is caring.

What are the consequences?

In reality the consequences of FGM are huge.

Women and girls who have undergone FGM are:

  • Twice as likely to die during childbirth
  • More likely to give birth to a stillborn baby than other women as a result of obstructed labour
  • More susceptible to obstetric fistula (a severe medical condition that leads to incontinence)
  • More susceptible to uterine, vaginal and pelvic infections
  • More prone to suffering psychological damage and post-traumatic stress
  • Likely to suffer extensive damage of the external reproductive system and sexual dysfunction.

You can help stop FGM.

Please do take a minute to share the video to help raise awareness. As I said above, in this case, sharing really is caring.

Because a baby is born a girl is not good enough reason for this practice to happen.

There is no reason that can justify the practice of FGM.



23 thoughts on “Because I am a girl

  1. FGM is one of those issues which for me prove how wrong it is to stand back and do nothing because of political correctness. Like stoning women. I don’t care what your religion is., behaviour like that belongs in the Dark Ages. Or actually nowhere at all.
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  2. It is such a barbaric practice. In my first term of teaching I sadly taught a little girl who had been mutilated just three or four weeks before and had complications, and it still really upsets me knowing that someone put their daughter through such a horrific procedure.

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