Every minute, somewhere in the world, 11 girls undergo female genital mutilation or FGM. Over 200 million women globally are living with FGM and many more have died from its consequences. Without accelerated change 68 million more girls will undergo FGM by 2030.
FGM involves the cutting, removal or or other mutilation of a girl's genitalia. It normally takes place before the age of 14 and it is child abuse. The World Health Organisation and United Nations recognise FGM as a human rights violation which has lifelong health consequences for those who undergo it. FGM continues despite already being illegal in most countries where it takes place but this can be changed. If we all play a part we can stop this cruel and unnecessary cutting of our girls.
We believe that the the key to the change needed to end FGM is to support girls and women. We must protect girls at risk, support all those who have experienced FGM and educate and empower everyone who wants to see this practice end. This is why we are raising money to support the lifechanging work of activists and small grassroots organisations working directly with girls and women whose lives are affected by FGM. There are increasing numbers of girls and women working to support change in their families and communities but they lack access to funding and support. ELEVEN will stand with them and help them continue their work to end FGM.
All the money raised by ELEVEN will go Magool, which has been created by psychotherapist and human rights activist Leyla Hussein to support survivors of FGM and those working to end it.
Raising awareness of this human rights issue is the key to educating people and empowering women to know they have the right to control their own bodies. We believe all girls have the right to be educated on making choices conducive to a healthy lifestyle and future.
Please join us in our fight to end FGM.