Fahma Mohamed talks anti-FGM activism and youth campaigning

Fahma Mohamed talks anti-FGM activism and youth campaigning

Raleigh ICS volunteer Holly Campbell interviews Youth Summit special guest speaker Fahma Mohamed on girls’ rights, campaigning, and overcoming shyness. Fahma is pictured with her sister, Hamda, and Justine Greening. How did you first become involved in campaigning against FGM? Despite living in a community where it is practiced, I was very unaware of FGM or what it stood for as a child. It wasn’t until year 7 that I asked my mother, who explained it to me and how it was practiced in the UK. At first I didn’t believe her. How could this be happening at all, let alone in the UK? And why isn’t anyone doing anything about it? It was from this point that I gradually became more involved in campaigning, starting in the background before coming more confident and passionate. What would your advice be to young people who would also like to campaign against the issue but maybe are too shy or don’t know where to start? At first I too was very shy! My best advice is to take baby steps – no one expects you to jump in straight away and do speeches. For me, it took many years. You don’t need to be behind cameras to influence change, as long as you are helping in some way you are doing great. Do what you feel comfortable with. What do you feel is the key way to help stop the issue of FGM? Of course there are many complex ways to address the issue, but in the end it all ties down to education. In particular, FGM and girls’ rights needs...