UNDERSTANDING FGM

WHAT IS FGM?

As defined by the World Health Organisation (WHO), Female genital mutilation (FGM) encompasses the range of procedures that involve partial or total removal of the female external genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons. 

 

HOW FAR REACHING IS FGM?

According to WHO, more than 200 million girls and women whom are alive today have been cut in 30 countries in Africa, the Middle East and Asia where FGM is concentrated.

In Australia 200,000 women and girls have been affected by FGM and 11 girls a day are at risk of FGM. 

 

Activist and Survivor Advocate

My aim is to protect Australian girls from female genital mutilation, and to support and empower survivors. I believe that all girls have the right to protection from abuse regardless of their colour, religion, or ethnicity.

 

My personal experience as both a survivor of female genital mutilation and as an African Australian woman gives me a clear direction. I advocate for female genital mutilation to be treated as a form of child abuse and gendered violence, but ensure that education campaigns does not result in the demonisation of individual families or communities who have traditionally practiced female genital mutilation.

We should condemn the practice, and not the people: it is everyone’s responsibility to look out for girls who are in danger of violence in the form of female genital mutilation.

 

For more information about FGM in Australia, please visit my Facebook page.

 

YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE TO STOPPING FGM

 

You can help us to fulfil our vision for a world where girls have the right to grow into the women they were born to be.

 

YOU CAN START BY

  • Contact me for specialised FGM training for your organisation. 

  • Following Khadija Gbla Cultural Consultancy on Twitter and liking us on Facebook.

  • Sharing information and raising awareness about FGM in your local workplace or school by talking to colleagues about how to protect girls from FGM.

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