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  • Irene, aged five, lives in West Pokot, Kenya. . Photo: Ashley Hamer /ActionAid

    The problems with FGM explained

    Posted 4 February 2019

    ActionAid works in in communities around the world to put an end to FGM. Learn about the psychological, physical and emotional effects that female genital mutilation has on women and girls.

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  • 19-year-old Betty was able to escape female genital mutilation (FGM) by the Komesi Women’s Network. Photo: Kevin Majoni/ActionAid

    3 ways to help girls stay in school

    Posted in Blog on 23 October 2018

    From a safe house helping girls escape FGM, to Girls’ Rooms that provide a safe space for girls to manage their periods, keeping girls in school is at the heart of our work.  

    Thank you to the players of People’s Postcode Lottery who have helped to make this vital work possible.

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  • Hamda, 30, had FGM when she was nine, which led to serious health problems throughout her life. Now she is an anti-FGM campaigner for ActionAid. Photo: Jennifer Huxta/Actionaid

    Meet the FGM heroes: Hamda, Somaliland

    Posted in Blog on 2 February 2017

    Hamda is the deputy leader of a women's coalition in Somaliland. She is a survivor of female genital mutilation (FGM), and she works tirelessly to persuade people within her local community to stop carrying out FGM on their daughters, by sharing her experiences and how it could have destroyed her marriage. 

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  • Emily works with communities in West Pokot to support and protect women and girls and raise awareness about the dangers for FGM. Photo: Ashley Hamer /ActionAid

    Meet the FGM heroes: Emily, Kenya

    Posted in Blog on 1 February 2017

    Emily, 42, is a local ActionAid worker who lives in West Pokot, Kenya. Committed to changing the lives of women and girls in the region, she works with a network of more than 100 women from surrounding villages to help stamp out female genital mutilation (FGM). Since ActionAid started working there, Emily says fewer girls are facing the cut and many more are staying in school. But, as she explains here, there is still much to do to end the practice for good.

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  • Purity, 13, from Kongelai, West Pokot, Kenya.

    Purity, 13, from Kongelai, West Pokot, Kenya. Photo: Ashley Hamer/ActionAid

    Donate to help end FGM

    Posted 27 January 2017

    Donate to help end female genital mutilation (FGM) for girls like Purity around the world.

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  • Rabiatu, 14, underwent FGM at the age of 7. Now she tells other girls not to do the same. Photo: ActionAid

    How child sponsorship is helping tackle FGM

    Posted in Blog on 20 September 2016

    As anyone who sponsors a child with ActionAid will know, child sponsorship doesn't just benefit one child - it benefits their whole community. One important way that we're improving girls' lives in some of the communities where we work is through tackling female genital mutliation (FGM), and by supporting FGM survivors. Find out how child sponsorship is playing a crucial role in helping to end FGM.

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