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NO MORE PAIN: FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION/CUTTING by Cinthia Contreras

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I remember watching a documentary about this subject a really long time ago and being completely traumatized, angry and shocked! This is why the moment I saw this campaign I didn’t hesitate in becoming part of it, I hope you guys do as well, because I mean can you imagine someone else gets to take away what belongs to you? Not cool.

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Amref Health is a non-governmental organisation founded and based in Africa with over 60 years’ experience in health development. Please note that Amref Health Africa is called Amref Flying Doctors in Austria, France, Monaco, the Netherlands and Sweden.

Every girl wants to become the woman of her dreams. To live life to its full potential. That is no difference in Africa. Please join us in celebrating the power of women all over the world, for Africa.

Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting FGM/C, also known as Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting, is the partial or total removal of the female external genitalia for non-medical reasons. Globally more than 200 million girls and women across 30 countries have been circumcised. In Africa, 3 million girls face the risk of female genital cutting every year. FGM/C is observed as an important cultural tradition and for some a rite of passage from girlhood to womanhood. FGM/C is extremely painful, physically as well as mentally. It also enforces school dropout, teenage pregnancies and early marriage.

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Amref’s approach Amref Health Africa, it is committed to a future without Female Genital Cutting. Therefore the organisation has successfully introduced alternative rituals together with the local nomadic population in Kenya and Tanzania. The Alternative Rite of Passage (ARP) is a community-led cultural alternative to circumcision that seeks to retain the harmless cultural rituals and celebrations around womanhood while removing the harmful cut for girls. The new ritual combines the traditional ceremony with sexual and reproductive health education and the promotion of girls’ education.

To this date, more than 16,000 girls in Kenya and Tanzania have been saved from the cut through the Alternative Rite of Passage. These 16,000 girls will have a brighter future: they’ll continue going to school, will marry at a later age and will get children at a later age. They now have the opportunity to become to woman of their dreams.

Female Genital Mutilation is extremely painful, physically as well as mentally. It is devastating for the health, rights and chances of young women and girls. On International Zero Tolerance Day for Female Genital Mutilation we ask for your commitment. Let’s say NO to Female Genital Mutilation. No More Pain!

Because we all have a role to play to end FGM/C by 2030!

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