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2.4 Challenging FGM

The worldwide campaign against FGM is beginning to build, helping to increase awareness and eliminate it within communities.

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Figure 7 Villagers in the Muslim area of the Erer Valley, a rural area in eastern Ethiopia, have started a campaign against female genital mutilation (FGM).

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 from The Guardian website at the link below. (The video is 30 minutes long so watch as much or as little as you have time to).

 ‘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)] .

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

Next, you will find out how FGM has been both challenged and changed through the impact of social media..

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