FOR GIRL ADVOCATES
1. KEY RESOURCES IN UNDERSTANDING FGM
The World Health Organization recognizes Female Genital Cutting as the greatest form of Violence against women and girls today. This practice involves cutting a girl’s clitoris and labia, often using unsterilized blades and knives. It can cause severe bleeding, infections, infertility and even death. For a young girl subjected to Female genital mutilation the pain does not end with the cut of the blade, on her wedding night she relives the trauma. When she becomes pregnant she faces the prospect of life-threatening complications. .
Right now 200 million women and girls alive today have undergone female genital cutting. In Africa, 3 million girls are at risk of FGM. In Kenya the Kuria community has one of the highest female genital mutilation prevalence rates at 84% according to a recent report by the Kenya Health and Demographic survey meaning 8 in every 10 girls as young as 8 are at a risk of being cut every single year.
KEY RESOURCES IN UNDERSTANDING FGM
2. KEY RESOURCES IN UNDERSTANDING CHILD MARRIAGE
Child marriage, defined as a formal marriage or informal union before the age of 18, disproportionately affects girls around the world. It is a human rights violation that legitimizes abuse and denies girls' autonomy under the guise of culture, honor, tradition, and religion.
3. GIRLS & YOUTH ACTIVISTS RESOURCES TO END CHILD MARRIAGE