A few weeks ago I wrote a blog post about using your voice to take a stand for what you believe in. This post is inspired by Angela Muruli, a blogger, advocate for Forward UK (Foundation for Women’s Health Research and Development) and a good friend of mine. She is currently using her voice and position in societies at the University of Essex to take a stand against FGM.
I’m sure many of you have never come across the term FGM, and you’re not alone. Before Angela told me about it, I had no idea what it was either, and when she told me what it was, I couldn’t believe my ears. FGM stands for Female Genital Mutation, or some may know it as Female Circumcision. It involves the partial or total removal of the external female genitalia for non medical reasons*. Unlike male circumcision, there are no health benefits to FGM which is why it is seen as a violation of human rights.
It is an old practice surrounded by myth and often embedded in culture, and whilst I won’t go into too much detail about the types of FGM, it is a gruesome and painful experience for many young girls.
The event, cleverly named FGM: A Cut From Tradition, was focused on raising awareness about FGM, since if no-one knows about it, how can anything be done to stop it? And that’s the aim of this post. To raise more awareness about a practice that mentally and physically scars young women all around the world, even in today’s world. If you would like to find out more, or get involved with Forward, take a look at their website.
*cited from Forward UK’s website.