The lottery of birth
The lottery of birth

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The lottery of birth

3.2.4 Challenging FGM?

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Figure 12 Villagers in the Muslim area of the Erer Valley, a rural area in eastern Ethiopia, have started a campaign against female genital mutilation (FGM).

The worldwide campaign against FGM is beginning to build to make it visible and to eliminate it within communities.

In Kenya, Nancy is one of the young women struggling to have the chance at a life better than that of her mother. Watch the video of Nancy via the Guardian ‘I will never be cut’: Kenyan girls fight back against genital mutilation [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] . (The video is 30 minutes long so watch as much or as little as you have time to.)

In the UK the National Health Service has taken a clear stand against FGM as an illegal act, and a child protection issue. They have produced an information video to raise awareness. Watch What is FGM?.

In the next section, you will find out about the International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM.


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