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I am running my first EVER Half Marathon race for 28 Too Many because FGM needs to stop!

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  • Event: Run Hackney Half Marathon 2014, 22 Jun 2014

28 Too Many

We research, educate and campaign to end female genital mutilation (FGM)

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I am not a runner. I have run one 5k race, and once accidentally ran 10k after getting lost! I have often stated I never wanted to run more than 10k. 


28 Too Many is a charity working to stop the practise of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), which still occurs in 28 countries in Africa  as well as other communities around the world - including the UK! After hearing Anne-Marie Wilson talk about her work to help the girls who have undergone FGM, and her efforts to change the culture, educate community leaders and stop FGM, I was inspired to do something to help.


Following FGM, events in a woman's life which should be a joy become excruciating and unbearable. One Somalian woman described three sorrows in her life. Firstly, the day of infibulation (FGM), secondly, her wedding night, and thirdly giving birth to a child. How heart-breaking!

So here I am, training to run a half marathon of all things, in a bid to raise awareness of FGM and raise money in the fight to stop this barbaric practice, so girls of the future need not experience FGM.

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