We, The Women Of This Generation, Can End Female Genital Mutilation … Worldwide… #GayeCrispin #SayNØkay2FGM

 We, the women of this generation, can bring an end to Female Genital Mutilation…

….worldwide

By Gaye Crispin

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#SayNØkay2FGM  

Sign the Appeal  for a worldwide ban  by the United Nations General Assembly on Female Genital Mutilation


Hello friends,

In case you don’t feel like reading through this post I’ve put my end-note here at the beginning too,  so that you’ll know what to do.

I truly believe that we, the women of this generation, can bring an end to FGM (Female Genital Mutilation), worldwide… once we decide to!

So let’s decide to! And let’s do it!

And guys, we need you all to join in and help us.

Please join me. Click here and Sign The Appeal  for a worldwide ban by the United Nations General Assembly on Female Genital Mutilation

Together we can do this,

Gaye Crispin

Gaye Crispin #SayNØkay2FGM

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About Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

FGM involves partial or full removal of the external female genitalia for non-medical reasons.

The World Health Organisation estimates somewhere between 100–140 million women and girls alive today have been subjected to FGM.


We can bring an end FGM

Raise your voice to end Female Genital Mutilation

 #SayNØkay2FGM

Sign The Appeal  for a worldwide ban by the United Nations General Assembly on Female Genital Mutilation

Nawal El Saadawi

Dr Nawal El Saadawi was only 6 years old when four women held her down in her family home and sliced off her clitoris with a razor blade.

“Since I was a child that deep wound left in my body has never healed,” she wrote in her first autobiography, A Daughter of Isis. “I lay in a pool of blood. After a few days, the bleeding stopped. The midwife peered between my thighs and said, ‘All is well. The wound has healed, thanks be to God.’ But the pain was there, like an abscess in my flesh.”

For the past 60 years Nawal, who is nearly 81 years old, has continued to campaign for an end to FGM, of which an estimated two million girls are at risk each year.

She has written 47 books tackling problems faced by women in Egypt, including Women and Sex in 1972, for which she lost her job as director of public health for the Egyptian Ministry of Health.  El Saadawi is said to be the most widely translated Egyptian author. Her writings focus on Arab women’s problems, gender equality, and women’s oppression, particularly Female Genital Mutilation.

Dr El Saadawi wrote her story, Memoirs from the Women’s Prison, on low grade toilet paper, and using an eyeliner pencil she borrowed from a fellow prisoner when she spent three months in jail for “crimes against the state.”

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Egypt Bans FGM After Death Of 12 Year Old Badour Shaker

Egypt banned the practice of circumcising females after the tragic death of a 12-year-old Egyptian girl, Badour Shaker, whose mother paid a female doctor $9 to cut off her daughters’ clitoris.

“When I heard of the death of Badour Shaker I wrote an open letter to her parents, saying they should not be silent – they should scream so all the world would hear their voice. They should use her death to educate everybody,” Dr El Saadawi said.

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We can bring an end FGM 

Raise your voice to end Female Genital Mutilation

 #SayNØkay2FGM

Sign The Appeal  for a worldwide ban by the United Nations General Assembly on Female Genital Mutilation

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Waris Dirie – Desert Flower – DesertFlower.org 

Waris Dirie came from the Somali desert to dominate the world’s catwalks. Dirie is without doubt one of the word’s most beautiful women, inside and out. But when Waris Dirie’s movie, DESERT FLOWER appeared in 1998, the world was shocked.
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In New York, at the peak of her career, she tells in an interview of the practice of female genital mutilation that she had to suffer when she was five. Waris Dirie decided to end her life as a model and dedicate her life to fighting this archaic ritual.
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Fashion model, UN ambassador and courageous spirit, Waris Dirie is a remarkable woman.
Born into a traditional family of tribal desert nomads in Somalia, at age five years old she was forced to endure the savage custom of female circumcision.
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At age twelve she ran away, on foot through the desert, in order to escape an arranged marriage.
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Her world changed when she was ‘discovered’ by Terence Donovan while working as a cleaner in London, and she went on to become a top fashion model.
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Her books, Desert Flower and Desert Dawn are both best sellers.
“I feel that God made my body perfect the way I was born. Then man robbed me, took away my power, and left me a cripple. My womanhood was stolen. If God had wanted those body parts missing, why did he create them? 
I just pray that one day no woman will have to experience this pain. It will become a thing of the past. People will say “Did you hear, female genital mutilation has been outlawed in Somalia?” Then the next country, and the next, and so on, until the world is safe for all women. What a happy day that will be, and that’s what I’m working toward. In’shallah, if God is willing, it will happen. ”  
Waris Dirie,
Desert Flower: The Extraordinary Journey of a Desert Nomad.
You can also follow Waris Dirie on Twitter
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Desert Flower – The Movie  Part 1

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The Desert Flower Foundation says:  

Health workers in Australia demand greater education about the practice of female genital mutilation as they increasingly treat women who underwent the procedure, as World News Australia reports on Monday. “Twenty years ago it was never spoken of,” said Louise Farrell, Chairwoman of Women’s Health at the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. “In the last 10 years, with the increase of African immigration, it has become more of an issue and that has led to resource people in most of the tertiary maternity units throughout the country”, she further stated. FGM is illegal in Australia, as is re-stitching a woman who has undergone the treatment after she gives birth. While there is no evidence that female genital mutilation takes place in Australia, health workers are aware of migrants returning to their home countries to have their children undergo the procedure.

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 #SayNØkay2FGM

Sign The Appeal  for a worldwide ban by the United Nations General Assembly on Female Genital Mutilation

On 3 May 2012, the International NGO Coalition for a worldwide ban on female genital mutilation launched an appeal to the United Nations for a Resolution that explicitly bans female genital mutilation worldwide and calls on all States to take all necessary legislative, political and operational measures aimed at ending the practice.

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 #SayNØkay2FGM

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Hello friends,

I truly believe that we, the women of this generation, can bring an end to Female Genital Mutilation,

worldwide…

…once we decide to!

So let’s decide to! And let’s do it!

Please join me and Sign The Appeal  for a worldwide ban by the United Nations General Assembly on Female Genital Mutilation

Together we can do this,

Gaye Crispin

#SayNØkay2FGM

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About Gaye Crispin

#SayNØkay2FGM Social entrepreneur, business strategist and tactician. Big promoter, supporter and championer of women in business. Passionate about advancing human rights, women's (and men's) rights in the context of true gender equality, and taking care of the planet. #No1GreenPlaneteer >> "Doing what I can, where I am, with what I have." Love #coffee #chocolate #reading #fair-trade

27 responses to “We, The Women Of This Generation, Can End Female Genital Mutilation … Worldwide… #GayeCrispin #SayNØkay2FGM

  1. mandyf

    Such horror, yet it is still so common. Thank you for this Gaye, it is an important topic ALL people need to be aware of and take action against.

  2. Having lived and worked in some countries that this occurs I find this appalling and gladly shared this post!

  3. Everyone should be aware of this horrific practice and work toward ending it forever.

  4. Kimberly Munoz

    I sat here and cried while I read this. I watched a movie once, “The Stoning of Soraya M.” that left a lasting impression on me. Why do women get treated with such cruelty?

  5. Vera

    Oh God, I’d never think it was so common… I knew it existed, but I thought it was limited to some tribes only… 140 million, you say… It is the entrire of the Russian Federation……… ((

  6. Like Ric, I have lived in countries where this is commonplace. What I found particularly horrifying is that it is the women who carry out the mutilation on other women.

    • Libby Keane

      And that’s the part that has me most baffled.

      • Hi Libby,

        Thanks for your comment. Yes, it’s been baffling me too how someone could do this to their own child.

        Ancient practices + cultural taboos + superstition + female dependency + lack of education + lack of support + powerlessness + gender inequality = the most heinous of brews.

        Some comments and articles I’ve read in defence of FGM say this type of barbarism was actually conceived by the women. Women who, living under male domination, came up with this ritual as a way to protect their daughters from from disgrace or stoning, should their daughter’s urges lead them ‘astray’ at some point in time.

        Education and special support networks/ resources for families that feel pressured to practice FGM, along with growing global gender equality, will play a big part in eradicating this practice.

        But first things first .. the first thing we need is for the United Nations General Assembly to step up the plate and place a worldwide ban the practice of FGM. This puts the power where it belongs: with those opposing FGM … and that’s us. :)

    • Hi Laura,

      Thank you for your comments and support. You raised a very good point. That has been difficult to comprehend for me too.

      My reply to Libby was also in response to you too :)

      Love and hugs Laura,

      Gaye

  7. This need to be spread more, this is the time this cruelty should end now, Thank you for sharing

  8. We have to keep fighting.

  9. emmageraln

    Reblogged this on emmageraln.

  10. I agree that this evil FGM must be stopped! I have written a poem on this subject,I wrote it during child abuse awareness month. This is such a terrible terrible thing it must be stopped . http://willowdot21.wordpress.com/2012/04/23/graces-party/ Thank you for fighting the cause.

  11. babfari

    Im agree with you! This must to stop! Gail Im gonna share and re-blogg. Thank you for share this!

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  13. Have signed up! This abhorrent practice must be stopped. Thanks for bringing it into focus once again through your blog.

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