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 Empowering Voices: FGM Activists and Survivors Unite to End Female Genital Mutilation

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On 8th February 2024, Mojatu Women, Utulivu Women and Fearless Youth Association (FYA) held a zoom meeting to discuss the menace of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). In that powerful and pivotal meeting, activists and survivors of FGM gathered to share their stories, insights, and strategies aimed at putting an end to this harmful practice. The meeting which was hosted by Eva from Utulivu Women and Cecily from Mojatu Women served as a great platform for survivors to voice their experiences, shedding light on the physical and emotional toll that FGM inflicts upon its victims. The meeting was a testament to the strength and resilience of those who have lived through the trauma, as they courageously advocated for change.

One key aspect of the meeting focused on raising awareness about FGM and dispelling myths surrounding the practice. Activists emphasized the importance of education and community engagement to challenge deeply rooted cultural beliefs that perpetuate FGM. By sharing personal narratives, survivors played a crucial role in humanizing the issue, enabling attendees to connect with the harsh realities faced by those affected. The meeting became a rallying point for activists and survivors to collaborate on comprehensive awareness campaigns that target communities, policymakers, and healthcare professionals alike.

FGM survivors shed a light on how the procedure poses significant challenges for women, subjecting them to enduring physical and emotional consequences. The procedure often leads to severe pain, infections, and complications during childbirth, impacting women’s overall health and well-being. Beyond the immediate physical ramifications, FGM perpetuates gender inequality, robbing women of their agency and reinforcing harmful patriarchal norms.

In addition to awareness, the meeting aimed to foster collaboration among FGM activists, creating a network of support and resources. By pooling their collective knowledge and experiences, participants explored effective ways to lobby for legislative changes, engage with local communities, and provide support for survivors. The meeting served as a catalyst for the formation of alliances and partnerships, strengthening the global movement against FGM. This collaborative approach is essential in addressing the multifaceted challenges associated with eradicating FGM and ensuring lasting change.

As the meeting concluded, a sense of empowerment and determination filled the participants. Participants left the meeting with a renewed commitment to the cause, armed with a comprehensive understanding of the complexities surrounding FGM and a shared vision for a world free from this harmful practice. The meeting underscored the importance of amplifying the voices of survivors, recognizing their agency in the fight against FGM, and building a united front that can effect meaningful change. The meeting was not merely a dialogue but a call to action, a pivotal moment in the ongoing struggle to end FGM and empower women and girls around the world.

“Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) stands as a global menace, affecting millions of girls and women across diverse cultures and regions. This harmful practice knows no boundaries, transcending geographic and socio-economic lines. It is only through united action that we can ensure a future where every girl can grow up free from the threat of this harmful practice, empowered to make choices about her own body and destiny.”

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