INCREASING NUMBER OF GIRLS BEING MUTILATED DURING COVID-19 LOCKDOWNS. UNFPA ESTIMATES 4 MILLION GIRLS AT RISK
The 5th study was carried out in January 2021, by Sadia Isaak and her team, to further validate the dramatically improving metrics we had obtained in our 4th longitudinal study, completed in October 2020.
Its been two months since 13-year-old Fartun Hassan Ahmed bled to death after undergoing female genital mutilation (FGM). Since this tragedy, her grieving father Hassan Ahmed Jimale has become an anti-FGM campaigner.
In the past 18 months, an intensive media campaign led by campaigners and journalists; supported by GMC in partnership with UNFPA, Irish Aid, and Ifrah foundation is at a tipping point of the attitudinal shift of religious leaders as well as media whereby ending all forms of FGM is now being prioritised within the religious community, and similarly within government and the media agendas in the highest prevalent region of Ethiopia where 98.5% of girls are mutilated.
Sadia Hussein ran a three-month media campaign from June to August. Her campaign was particularly focused on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) survivors that are disabled. Here Sadia shares her recent work documenting issues through Kenyan Media, so that uncovered angles of FGM can be brought to light.
Many men in practicing communities deny responsibility for FGM, often blaming it on women and being silent despite their influence in most patriarchal societies. For a long time, men have been seen as a missing link in the quest to end FGM.
This forum brought together development partners, youth-led organizations and policymakers to discuss the critical role young people play in ending FGM/C and why they should be recognised as key stakeholders and strategic partners in Covid-19 recovery.
In memory of Olubunmi Afuye, an inspirational campaigner, father and friend who was very sadly in the place at the wrong time, caught between a bank and, a gunman Olubunmi tragically Olubunmi Afuye lost his life instantly. Rest in peace Olubunmi Afuye.
The activities for the day of the African Child started with the production of radio adverts and audiovisuals scheduled as jingles on Adaba 88.9FM during the morning belt peak periods. Adaba FM is a radio station situated in Akure, Ondo State and it conveniently covers six neighboring states of Ekiti, Edo, Delta, Osun, Kogi, and parts of Kwara State.
The first National TV campaign against FGM began on Tuesday 1st June and will continue for six months in an attempt to end FGM for good and also remind citizens it is no longer accepted.
In this day and age of the 21st century, it is recognized that to have a voice is empowerment. Women and girls either shy away or lack the platform to present their grievances directly to decision-makers, the proposed media campaign programme will publicize girls’ voices and rights in a culturally appropriate manner to provoke discourses on inclusive policy reform and equitable treatment.
A report from the office of the anti Fironic Circumcision Organization in the Hiraan region of Hir Shabelle region states that the work done on 16 June 2021 is the African Children's Day which is a celebration.