Girls Supporting Girls: FGM
Female Genital Mutilation procedures involve genital cutting and excision, or total removal of a female’s external genitalia. This creates severe complications for women for the rest of their lives - with their periods, pregnancy and even urination. It has no health benefits and is recognised by the UN as a violation of human rights.
FGM often is a result of cultural practices in countries around the world - particularly in Africa, and South East Asia. However, FGM also happens in the UK - an estimated 137,000 women and girls are affected by FGM in England and Wales. The procedures are sometimes carried out as a condition of marriage and seen as a process of “cleansing” women. Intensive cultural normalisation of the procedure means it is very difficult for girls to challenge these traditions.
Currently, 200 million girls and women are living with the consequences of FGM, with another 3 million girls worldwide at risk from FGM every year. FGM as a practice is carried out on girls between 0 and 15 years old, but the physical and psychological consequences of the process stays with girls and women forever.
We are currently working on a project to combat FGM that brings girls into the forefront of change. Because we believe that when girls support girls, incredible things can happen.
Becoming a part of this project would mean you would be helping build a network of girls supporting other girls and women - to end FGM, stop the stigma, and support those impacted. This project aims to create a nationwide support network for those affected by FGM in the UK and a global online social media network to raise awareness and support those in need.
This project hopes to empower girls and women by raising money to support survivors recovering from FGM, bringing their voices into the forefront and campaigning to bring an end to the practice as a whole.
You could have the power to support the lives of those impacted by FGM, and change the future for those at risk.
Applications are open to join the volunteer team to make the project happen.
Application deadline: Monday 6th August, 23:59 BST
WHO IS INVOLVED?
We’re currently recruiting a team of people to develop this project.
HOW CAN I HELP?
Design the website and corresponding marketing material, including a logo, posters and social media posts.
Time: 6 hrs a week.
Help coordinate speaker events with survivors/pioneers against FGM. Come up with innovative events.
Time: 6 hrs a week.
Develop a fundraising plan to support the survivors of FGM. Be in charge of raising money for women to access the support services they need - both counselling and medical help.
Time: 8 hrs a week.
Research into the most effective actions people can take in relation to the cause and the different organisations operating in this area. Time: 6 hrs a week.
Design and develop a website for the global network of girls supporting girls against FGM.
Time: 5 hrs a week.
- Writing relevant content for the website and various media outlets, including blog posts, keeping supporters up to date.
- Time: 4 hrs a week.
Application deadline: Monday 30th July, 23:59 BST