5 things you may not have known about FGM and CEFM and how you can help

5 things you may not have known about FGM and CEFM and how you can help

Holly Campbell, 20, volunteered with Raleigh ICS in India in 2013. Here she shares her report from a workshop exploring a Year of Girls’ Rights, led by YouthForChange. Last year the UK hosted the first Girl Summit, aimed at mobilising domestic and international efforts to end female genital mutilation (FGM) and child, early and forced marriage (CEFM) within a generation. How will the Global Goals help maintain that momentum? 1.These are Human rights breaches Child, early and forced marriage (CEFM) and Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) are both issues that, despite what others may argue, are a breach of human rights. Despite there being four types of FGM there are no health benefits from the practice. It results not only in physical pain and problems such as UTIs, cysts and fertility issues but also leaves huge psychological damage. Similarly, CEFM causes a plethora of issues such as women dropping out of school, lack of freedom, prevention of economic opportunity and both psychological and physical damage. Around 700,000 young girls die each year from CEFM induced child birth. 2.This is happening on our doorstep Although many may think these issues are taking place in areas far away from home, it is a shock to hear that many of these issues are taking place in the UK. Over 137,000 women in the UK have been affected by FGM. Making up a substantial proportion of the 125 million to be affected worldwide. It’s not just about girls Although the workshop was based on gender equality and in particular girls’ rights, this does not mean that men were excluded. We were all surprised to...