Originally posted on Girls’ Globe:
Girls are perfect, just as they are.
Yet over 125 million girls and women bear scars that suggest the contrary. Every minute five girls are held down and subjected to excruciating pain. Female genital mutilation (FGM), also known as female genital cutting (FGC), is the harmful practice of partially or totally removing a girl’s genitals. Girls who are cut face emotional trauma and long lasting health complications. It is a strange paradox that many celebrate ‘cutting season’ with big parties and lavish gifts. FGM is the norm for a large majority of the developing world.
Thanks to a new wave of media attention and two daring young women, I now understand more about FGM. This understanding began with Leyla Hussein’s BAFTA nominated film The Cruel Cut. From impassioned women’s rights activist and mother Leyla, I learned that FGM is happening right on my doorstep.
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Today is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.
November 25 is a day to speak up and shout out against the worldwide phenomenon of gender-based violence. To mark this, and the beginning of 16 Days of Activism to End Gender Violence 2011, Must Bol kicked off the much awaited “Men Say No” Blogathon today! The online event helps to collect ideas, thoughts & experiences on the importance of men’s role and the urgency of the issue. ‘Men Say No’ will allow bloggers and readers to really dive into the many facets of violence against women, men’s reaction to it, and everything in between. It’s a fantastic idea and should be an interesting read. Looking forward to seeing what everyone comes up with!
You can read the first few entries over at the ‘Men Say No’ blogathon. Some of the CSR team and I will be contributing to the blogathon too! Everyone is invited to submit entries for the Blogathon between 25th December & 10th December 2011. Those who write a related blog post during the 16 Days of Activism can link it up to the ‘Men Say No’ Blogathon page. If you’d like to get involved, visit http://www.mustbol.in/blogathon or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.