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So I’m running Paris marathon in April and have decided to raise some £$$£ for a good cause.. I am not the most proactive when it comes to asking people for sponsorship since there is a lot of it going around but if you feel like supporting a great cause via my 26.2 mile run, I’d really appreciate it!
Basically I found out about Female Genital Mutilation via a couple of great books written by Somali writer and activist, Ayaan Hirsi Ali where she described her life and own experience of having her genitals cut as early as age 5! Also, in Bristol where I live FGM is present and practiced in some communities.
FGM is a custom still practiced in 28 countries largely Somalia, Sudan and Ethiopia in East Africa, Guinea and Mali in West Africa and Egypt in North Africa. It involves cutting and removal of female genitals in girls as young as age 4 for no known health reasons/ benefits. There are 4 types of FGM, the last being the most extreme one.. I’ll leave this bit with you to read up on since it’s pretty full on and there are no anaesthetics involved..
This is a totally unnecessary practice which can be 100% avoided but most of the time it is done with a consent and with best intentions of families involved. Unfortunately, this tradition leaves many girls to live their lives in a spectrum of physical pain and discomfort, in addition to emotional and mental distress..
There are 200 million women globally affected by FGM.
So I decided to support the UK charity ‘28 Too Many’. They conduct research on FGM, collate data and are able to influence top down and provide a bottom up support to local organisations in the counties where women are still subjected to FGM in any of the 4 types..
Here is the link so if you feel inclined to donate that’d be amazing!
Anyways, please read more about FGM, it kind of goes under radar even though it impacts so many.. You can find more information about it on the ’28 Too Many’ website, Ayaan Hirsi Ali books and many other articles written on this subject.
Paris then! xx