THE GIRL GENERATION LAUNCHES IN LONDON

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HORRORS OF FGM

HORRORS OF FGM

BY SARATA JABBI

The Girl Generation in collaboration with Southbank Centre’s WOW-women of the world festival on Friday launched a new global campaign: The Girl Generation. The launching that took place simultaneously with events for young people in Kenya, The Gambia and the UK was supported by the UK’s department of international development(DFID’s) historic investment, with the theme of all three events is ‘The Generation that Ends FGM’.

The London’s event was held in a form of a panel discussion where the Secretary of State for international development Hon Lynne Featherstone said they are showing their support but believed that the change has to come from Africa. She called on men and boys to demonstrate their support in ending FGM. “I want everyone regardless of your gender, race, culture, or religion to join the crusade in ending it, because I believe it’s a global issue and it’s really important for everyone to be involved”.

Hon Featherstone finally commended FGM survivors and activists for their braveness and hardworking towards the campaign against FGM.  For her part the education counsellor, Kenya High Commission, UK Margaret Lesuuda said many thinks performing FGM on their girls means cleanliness, but on the contrary it is harm on them. She emphasised that people needs to be educated about the effects it could do to girls and women. As Education she added is the biggest tool in ending the practice. She said with educating our communities to be more aware of the dangers of FGM change will not take place effectively. She however urged people to let their girls stay in education, for them to know their rights and know how to make change happen in their generation.

Nimco Ali co-founder of Daughters of Eve and anti FGM campaigner also added her voice and said FGM is a global issue but mainly an African, as a matter of fact she called on Africans to be more involve in eradicating it. “If everyone take it as a responsibility on them and campaign against FGM, empower women and girls, and then poverty will end in Africa”.

“Until we get a zero tolerant to FGM we will be living in an unequal world”, said Jude Kelly, OBE: Artist Director of Southbank centre. Jude further stated that although the campaign is going well but still more needs to be done as many women especially refugee women needs help. The event was attended by several FGM survivor and activists, gender activists across the UK.


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