On October 27th, I am participating in the Walk To End FGM (Female Genital Mutilation).
Female genital mutilation is an ongoing global issue that essentially controls women by forcing them to undergo a traumatic procedure, violating their basic human rights. Spreading awareness is the first step to stopping female genital mutilation.
Earlier this year, I started to do extensive research on FGM as a graduation project at my school, Congressional. During the course of this research, I attended a workshop on the mental health of FGM survivors. Subsequently, I contacted, met, and interviewed F.A. Cole, a survivor of FGM. These experiences affected me profoundly and made me want to contribute to the effort to stop female genital mutilation.
According to the U.S. Population Reference Bureau, approximately half a million women and girls in the U.S. are either living with the consequences of this heinous practice or are at risk of undergoing it.
Many girls die from FGM. 85% of maternal and infant mortality in Africa is the result of FGM.
Now, FGM is being practiced here on American soil in many states.
Money raised from this event will be used to help pay for restorative surgery and proper counseling for women and girls who have experienced FGM. Each restorative surgery costs $1700 plus travel and accommodation expenses.
In addition to the surgery, you will be helping the Global Woman Center offer survivor resettlement assistance, training and support group workshops.
Please help by clicking "SPONSOR ME".
Any amount, big or small, is deeply appreciated.