Feminine Pains

Today is International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation.

According to the United Nations:
*Globally, it is estimated that between 100 million to 140 million girls and women alive today have undergone some form of FGM.
*If current trends continue, 15 million additional girls between ages 15 and 19 be subjected to it by 2030.
*FGM is mostly carried out on young girls sometime between infancy and age 15.
*FGM cause severe bleeding and health issues including cysts, infections, infertility as well as complications in childbirth increased risk of newborn deaths.
*FGM is a violation of the human rights of girls and women.

Despite efforts to eradicate the practice in the UK, thousands of girls are at risk of FGM.  According to research carried out by youth group Youth For Change an estimated 23,000 girls under 15 are still at risk, most aged between 5 -8. Some 94% of young people in their survey felt that school staff did not know enough about FGM and associated forced child marriage, with 72% of school staff saying that lack of training in these areas was a problem. Altogether, 81% of those surveyed think that Nicky Morgan, UK Secretary of State for Education and Minister for Women and Equalities, should review the training available to school staff on the issue.

For more information visit:
Because I Am A Girl

International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation

Youth For Change

Feminine Pains