Today is the International Day to End Female Genital Mutilation, also known as Female Genital Cutting. Mutilation is the term often used as it conveys the damage done to young women and girls as a result of this practice, which offers no health benefits whatsoever. Cutting is also used in certain contexts to remove the stigma surrounding the practice, and as a way to discuss the practice with communities who might not consider what they are doing to be mutilation.
In Burkina Faso, where we work with partner Maia Bobo to end FGM, 76% of women experience Female Genital Mutilation. We are proud to be part of their efforts to end this practice, incorporating football, dance and video in innovative ways to reach the community with messaging.
“When I come out of sport every Wednesday night, when I go home I tell my grandmother and my cousins [about FGM] and they are happy to hear it. We must tell other children too because when they see people about to excise a girl they can report it.”
Help to end this practice by sharing posts and tweets with the hashtag #EndFGM