We have observed since 2017; the influx of young girls from the UK and America especially into Nigeria during the summer holidays of June to September of every year. Upon close observation and inquiries; we were able to identify that for hundreds of girls of Igbo and Nigerian descent in the UK the summer holidays mark the arrival of ‘cutting season’; when they are flown back to Nigeria to undergo FGM.
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Activity by: Value Reorientation for Community Enhancement (VARCE Nigeria) Facilitator: Ademola Adebisi, With support from GMC. Brief Description of the Project: The Activity was focused on sensitization of the populace…
This media campaign took place in Somalias largest Internally Displaced People Camp (IDP). Ifrah Ahmed and Mohamed Adan and their team interviewed religious leaders, camp leaders, camp residents and broadcast the End-FGM message on Goobjoog TV and Radio, reaching 2 million listeners and viewers.
Team Stop FGM Save Our Future is made up of an activist as the team lead, a journalist, and a religious leader aiming at raising massive awareness on ending FGM.
The famous Ex- FGM cutter Aja Bintou Danso (in the North Bank region) was once wanted by the government for cutting someone in the Baddibu district. Here she shares her story of finally laying down the knife. This conversation was broadcast on Kerewab Multimedia Radio reaching 600 thousand listeners.
Ubax Jamal Mohamed, (a female journalist from FM Jigjiga station) visited Dr. Rudwan Hassan Mohamud Who operates Hayat Mental Health Care & Rehabilitation Centre. A psychiatric ward that focuses on mental health disorders and psychological difficulties in Jigjiga city. The interview was recorded and used as part of a radio conversation show that informed 1 million listeners of the ill effects that occur due to FGM.
I was able through the GMC funding to hold a radio talk show and a one-week jingle on bk Radio 99.3 FM.
During this August holiday, it was at the peak of elections in Kenya. The country went into the general election on 9th August 2022. Therefore, everyone was in the mood for elections. Some parents took advantage of this to plan to subject their daughters to FGM and marry them off because they know the government will not take action now or any politician to talk about it for fear of losing votes.
During this reporting period, the project has made good progress toward its goal of reducing incidences of FGM and child marriage outcomes. Girls and women suffered mutilation on the basis of the rite of passage to womanhood which is considered unclean and unsuitable for marriage.
My project was aimed at sensitizing the communities in West Pokot county on the dangers of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), Early and Forced marriages, and other harmful practices affecting young girls and women in the county, neighboring counties, and also the country of Uganda especially girls in the remote areas.