Men prevent FGM. Men are part of the solution and FGM is not done in our name

Men prevent FGM

Men and boys can play a critical role in preventing female genital mutilation (FGM). Freedom Charity sees men and boys as instrumental in the helping to eradicate FGM.

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Freedom Charity spoke to over 500 students in a recent school visit and the boys saw themselves as key to ending FGM. In many cultures boys and men are seen as more important than girls and therefore they may have more influence to bring about change.

Freedom’s Ambassadors programme is actively recruiting men and boy volunteers to sign up and help stop FGM. You can start by tweeting #EndFGM Men prevent female genital mutilation.

Did you know that over 200 million women and girls have undergone FGM worldwide and as many as 170,000 women and girls have been maimed by FGM in the UK alone! Freedom Charity is working with schools, colleges, universities and front line professionals to end FGM.

I had no idea what FGM was, why it was done, was it religion, was it fathers not wanting their daughters to become sexual icons. Was it hormonal? But, by reading the book Cut Flowers, written by Aneeta Prem, I began to understand more about the myths and superstitions that that drive this horrendous practise.

Maybe from a girl’s point of view, seeing men who don’t stand up against FGM, may lead them into believing it is ok to be cut. But if men do nothing, they are condoning this shocking permanent disfigurement of the most sensitive part of a women’s body. 

If one group of boys can tweet and retweet their rejection of the practise with #EndFGM Men prevent female genital mutilation, then you have two, and three … then suddenly a wave of people are coming together. By starting with small steps, a social media presence could soon mount up to something really huge and Men prevent FGM too.

If we can get ordinary people wearing the red triangle in their workplaces, at home or during their day to day lives, it may soon start to attract the attention of celebrities, and those with the power to push things forward. This will then have a mass effect, people will become less and less likely to sidestep this problem and avoid taking action.

Everyone wants to be able to save lives, who wouldn’t?  The social media campaign Men prevent FGM prevent female genital mutilation could encourage people to start talking about it, agree that it is wrong, and do something to help end it.

Are you going to stand by and let this awful abuse on young girls continue unchecked? Or are you going to be part of my generation that puts a stop to female genital mutilation (FGM)?

This doesn’t mean you have to donate hundreds of pounds, or travel abroad to prevent a girl from being cut. A cut that often leads to infection, serious illness and even death in the worst cases.

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Blog written by Lewis Meecham