30 June 2023

New Report Highlights Persistent High Rates of Female Genital Mutilation in Ethiopia and Urgent Need for Targeted Interventions

Blog by Savannah Grantham for the FGM/C Research Initiative

A recent report by Orchid Project provides a clear picture of how common female genital mutilation/cutting (‘FGM/C’) is in Ethiopia. 65.2% of Ethiopian women between the ages of 15 and 49 have undergone the practice. Data from the Demographic and Health Surveys emphasise the need for focused efforts to challenge this deeply embedded practice.

16 March 2023

Nigeria's Battle Against Female Genital Mutilation: A Hard Look at the Numbers and the Fight Ahead

Blog by Savannah Grantham for the FGM/C Research Initiative

In Nigeria, female genital mutilation/cutting (‘FGM/C’) continues to be a serious problem that affects a great number of women and girls. Orchid Project’s recent Country Profile Update on FGM/C in Nigeria provides a thorough examination of the current landscape, offering crucial statistics and insights to inform responses to this harmful practice.

10% of all FGM/C cases worldwide are thought to occur in Nigeria, where an estimated 20 million girls and women have undergone cutting.

30 January 2023

Navigating Challenges: Mauritania's Ongoing Efforts Against Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting

Blog by Savannah Grantham for the FGM/C Research Initiative

In Mauritania, the battle against female genital mutilation/cutting (‘FGM/C’) is a multifaceted effort involving government entities, UN agencies, religious associations and civil-society organisations. Through intensive public-awareness campaigns, significant progress has been made in shifting popular attitudes towards gender-based violence, including FGM/C.

16 September 2022

Female Genital Mutilation in Central African Republic: New Report Shows Decreasing Trends but Highlights Ongoing Challenges

Blog by Savannah Grantham for the FGM/C Research Initiative

In the Central African Republic (‘CAR’), female genital mutilation/cutting (‘FGM/C’) is still a concern. According to a report by Orchid Project, 21.6% of women in the CAR between the ages of 15 and 49 are affected by FGM/C. The most commonly practised type is a cut that removes a small amount of flesh.

16 June 2022

Millions Affected: Mali Country Profile Reveals Alarming Prevalence of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting and Urgent Call to Action

Blog by Savannah Grantham for the FGM/C Research Initiative

Millions of girls and women in Mali have been impacted by the common and persistent practice of female genital mutilation/cutting (‘FGM/C’). Orchid Project’s Mali Country Profile Update provides a thorough analysis of the practice of FGM/C in Mali, highlighting its history and effects, the beliefs surrounding it, and future steps for ending this harmful tradition.

30 September 2021

New Report Highlights Urgent Need to Address Widespread Female Genital Mutilation in Guinea

Blog by Savannah Grantham for the FGM/C Research Initiative

A recently published report by Orchid Project has shed light on the persistent issue of female genital mutilation/cutting (‘FGM/C’) in Guinea. Its key findings offer a comprehensive understanding of the prevalence, geographical disparities, age dynamics, types, cutters, prevailing attitudes and legislative framework surrounding this harmful practice.

1 September 2021

Alarming Prevalence of Female Genital Mutilation in Djibouti: New Report Highlights Urgent Need for Action

Blog by Savannah Grantham for the FGM/C Research Initiative

In Djibouti, the prevalence of female genital mutilation/cutting (‘FGM/C’) among women aged 15 to 49 is alarmingly high, at 93.1%. A report by Orchid Project emphasises how widespread the practice is in the nation. Furthermore, a detailed geographic analysis reveals regional disparities, with FGM/C prevalence at 92.9% in the Djibouti city region, but rising to 94.9% in the rest of the country.

15 June 2021

New Report Highlights Need to Address Female Genital Mutilation in Benin

Blog by Savannah Grantham for the FGM/C Research Initiative

Female genital mutilation/cutting (‘FGM/C’) remains a significant concern in Benin, as highlighted in a recent report by Orchid Project that sheds light on its prevalence and drivers. The report reveals that the 2014 prevalence of FGM/C among women aged 15–49 in Benin was 9.2%.

12 April 2021

Understanding the Legal Landscape of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) in Africa

Blog by Sean Callaghan for the FGM/C Research Initiative 

In Africa, where FGM/C is most prevalent, understanding the legal framework surrounding this practice is crucial in combating its prevalence and protecting the rights of individuals. A comprehensive report titled "The Law and FGM" provides valuable insights into the legal aspects of FGM in 28 African countries, shedding light on the progress made and the challenges that still exist.

10 March 2021

Somalia and Somaliland Confront Female Genital Mutilation: Orchid Project's Eye-opening Country Profile Update

Blog by Savannah Grantham for the FGM/C Research Initiative

Orchid Project’s recently published Country Profile Update on female genital mutilation/cutting (‘FGM/C’) in Somalia and Somaliland emphasises how serious a problem the practice of FGM/C is in the region. Its thorough analyses provide information on the frequency, patterns and drivers of FGM/C, as well as current initiatives to stop this harmful traditional practice.

20 November 2020

The Uphill Battle to End Female Genital Mutilation by 2030 in the Midst of a Pandemic

This article has been written by Olivia Bridge who writes for the Immigration Advice Service – a team of UK and Ireland immigration lawyers – and ImmigrationNews.co.uk.

Parliament in the UK is undoubtedly living through an era of unprecedented turmoil as MPs remain embroiled in Brexit rows, regional divisions over COVID-19 lockdown plans and free school meals for children. However, amidst all the noise, focus on eradicating Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) has become lost, despite its alarming uptick.

5 February 2020

International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM 2020

Guest Blog by Maryam Sheikh for International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM 2020

I am a survivor of FGM, cut at the age of 6 and the worst form of FGM (type 3). As a Somali girl, I grew up knowing every Muslim girl is cut and that my community did ‘a bad type’ because of our culture.

5 November 2019

FGM in Kenya

Guest blog by Zahra from SIMAHO

As an ancient tribal tradition, FGM has been adopted by many countries, particularly in Africa. It is wrongly believed to be a religious requirement and done to “protect” girls. Also, it is believed to prevent excessive clitoral growth and preserve virginity to ensure marriageability. Therefore, it has highly affected many village girls in Kenya with levels highest among Somali and Muslim women. From the age of six and up to teenage years, girls have forcibly undergone FGM. This action is a five-level effect; childhood, girlhood, marriage and sexual intercourse, pregnancy and childbirth, and later life.

7 March 2019

Youth movement to end FGM in Somaliland

Guest Blog by ZamZam Jama, Youth Anti FGM Somaliland

FGM/C is a traditional practice in which part of or the entire external female genitalia is removed. Some communities refer to it as female circumcision (FC). The severe effects of FGM/FGC on the health of girls and women have been widely documented. FGM/FGC results in complications at birth for both mother and child, sometimes leading to death. The practice has strong repercussions on the health of women and on the social, political and economic fabric at individual and community levels.

26 February 2019

Ending FGM in Tanzania

Guest blog by Valerian Mganiis, an anti-FGM campaigner from Tanzania and a member of Arukah Network.  

FGM is engrained in our culture. Where I live and work, it is believed to be an order from the spirit. The belief goes like this: if a girl has not been cut, then she cannot be accepted in the community. But once she has been cut, she is ready for child marriage, she can be taken out of school, and she can get pregnant at a young age. And so FGM does not just cut a girl’s body, it cuts short her life prospects too. It is at the root of all sorts of social problems that hold back women.

5 February 2019

Leaving No Girl Behind on Zero Tolerance Day

Guest blog by Chantalle Okondo, Assistant Program Officer with Population Council. 

The International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) brings awareness of the need to globally eradicate FGM/C. However, it can be difficult to ensure that no girl or women is left behind on a local level. This could not be truer when it comes to West Pokot County on the western side of Kenya, where FGM/C is nearly universal (85 - 94%)1, 2 despite the practice being outlawed by the National Government.

6 September 2018

FGM in Guinea and the Guinean Community

Guest Blog by Mama Sylla, FGM survivor and Chairwoman of la Fraternite Guineenne. 

I grew up in a society where I had been led to believe that FGM/C was normal and justified.  In Guinea the practice of FGM is still widespread and the belief is that a girl has to undergo FGM in order to be accepted later as an accomplished woman.

18 August 2018

Creating Safe Spaces For Girls In Taita Taveta County

Guest Blog by Hope Gloria Mugambi Mwanyuma, Founder: Hope Alive Africa Initiative: A safe space for girls is a place where women and girls can go to at any time to feel safer and empowered and have access to information, education, recreational activities, support and services.

29 June 2018

A study of FGM determinants and approaches to address the issue in Yemen

Guest Blog by Mohammed Gaber: FGM in Yemen is distributed throughout the country but predominates in four main cities; Aden, Al-Hodiedah, Al-Mhrah, and Hadramout. In 2001, the Yemeni Ministry of Public Health and Population (YMoPHP) enacted a decree to ban public and private health facilities from performing FGM. However, some facilities still carry out the practice.

5 June 2018

Curbing the Cut: The Somaliland Dilemma

Guest Blog from Richard A. Powell, Mohamed Yussuf, and Bettina Shell-Duncan, Population Council “Evidence to End FGM/C” For decades female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) has been debated in dozens of countries around the world. But it is in Somaliland, in the Horn of Africa, where a recent fatwa, or religious edict, has rekindled a passionate debate of ‘zero tolerance’ versus ‘acceptable harm minimization’

8 May 2018

The Pan African #YouthEndFGM Summit – Nairobi – Kenya 2018

Guest Blog from Bakary Seedy Dampha, Founder and National Coordinator, Kids Come First, The Gambia. The Girl Generation organized the first ever Pan African youth summit held from 25-26 April 2018 in Nairobi, Kenya. The summit brought together 170 young people from 17 countries including diaspora in the UK.

7 March 2018

Early Marriages and FGM Accelerating Maternal Death in Mandera County, Kenya.

Guest Blog by Abdullahi Mohamed Abdinur, Health and Hunger Aid. Health and Hunger Aid (HhAid) is a non-governmental organization, free from political, clans, religion and ethnic divisions, works with thousands of youth in urban and rural areas throughout Northern Kenya. HhAid strives to create a future where communities are able to facilitate their own development. HhAid works in program areas of Sexual and Reproductive and right, Food security, Water and Sanitation as well as HIV/AIDS awareness/mitigation.

7 March 2018

Do Alternative Rites of Passage (ARP) approaches work?

Guest Blog by Sam Cook, Feed the Minds. Alternative Rite of Passage (ARP) approaches – that use an alternative ritual to FGM to symbolise a girl’s transition to womanhood – sound great on the surface. But are they an effective strategy for abandonment of FGM that can be applied in other communities? And who else needs to be involved to ensure long term change?

6 March 2018

An alternative to FGM at naming ceremonies in Igbo Land

Guest Blog by the Society for the Improvement of Rural People (SIRP). In Igbo land, FGM is usually carried out to coincide with the child’s naming ceremony, which is a festive event with gifts and refreshments. In Igbo culture, the naming ceremony comes up almost immediately after the birth of the child. It is normally done on the 7th to the 12th day after the birth of the child. When a child is born in Igbo land, he or she is welcomed into the world with joyous songs.

6 March 2018

Alternative Rites of Passage

Guest Blog by the Pastoralist Child Foundation. Since 2013, Pastoralist Child Foundation’s (PCF) Alternative Rites of Passage (ARP) have been instrumental in lowering the rate of FGM in Samburu, Kenya. We have managed to decrease the former rate of 96% in East Samburu Ward down to 80%. Our replacement for “the cut” is through education and celebrations for groups of 60 girls during their school holidays in April, August, and December. 

6 March 2018

The Story of ARP in Najile, Kajiado West Sub County

Guest Blog by Millicent Ondigo for Amref Health Africa. It began one and a half years ago with the birth of the ‘Yes I Do Alliance-Kenya Programme’. The Yes I Do Alliance had one purpose of contributing to the reduction of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C), child marriage and teenage pregnancies among the Maa community residing in Kajiado West Sub County of Kajiado in Kenya.

6 March 2018

Maasai Moran tour to break silence around FGC: SAFE Maa case study

Guest Blog by Miranda Dobson, Orchid Project

SAFE Maa is a Kenyan-based NGO and UK charity working with the Maasai in the Loita Hills, South West Kenya, on ending female genital cutting (FGC), environmental sustainability, and addressing HIV and AIDS. They have been delivering programmes since 2008, and are dedicated to changing the attitudes surrounding FGC in Loita as a way to help create community-led change. Orchid Project partnered with SAFE Maa in 2013 to support an awareness-raising performance tour on FGC and have continued to work closely with them ever since.

20 February 2018

The Law and FGM in Nigeria

Guest post by Barrister Ugwu Somtochukwu Nnamdi, Society for the Improvement of Rural People (SIRP). Did you know that currently in Nigeria, 20 million women and girls have been mutilated and yet there has been no conviction? Although, there are so many reasons for this, but in this article we dwelt on the two major reasons for this in Nigeria.

5 February 2018

“A recovery from female genital mutilation is a long journey”

Guest Blog by Kadi Doumbia. I have been trying to find out about a reason why girls have to undergo female genital mutilation, but unfortunately, I have not yet found any valid reasons to why we, girls must undergo this practice; perhaps there is no reason at all other than myths and ignorance.

6 December 2017

FGM/C as a hindrance to the education of a girl child

Guest Blog by Ayomikun Emmanuel Olugbode. The need for us to act as a nation against this practice cannot be overemphasized when practices or beliefs that can hamper the education of our girls are being done. One of the purposes of education is to enable the girl child to realize her rights and participate like her counterparts in the society. This practice of FGM/C in Nigeria has hindered many girls from achieving this purpose.

30 November 2017

A business for all at the expense of young girls' health

Guest blog by Mama Sylla. For the 16 days of activism, I deem it necessary to describe this blog to be able to explain the reasons and the causes which push the parents to maim their daughters and at what price? The whole ceremony can be done during a month during the school holidays between July and September.

25 November 2017

The Pokot in East-Uganda and traditional harmful practices

Guest Blog by Dorian Cosijnse. Uganda is one of the 28+ countries where Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is practised. The estimated prevalence lingers around 1.4% amongst women in the age of 15 till 49. Although this national figure is relatively low, prevalence amongst the Pokot tribe in the Eastern part of the country is near-universal (95%) ¹. This guest blog is written in Amudat, a district in the Karamoja region, and aims to give an insight in the harmful cultural practice of FGM amongst this unique tribe in East-Uganda.

3 November 2017

"FGM E Do So" A Reflection by Finda Karimu and Fatamta Bah of Girls Empowerment Summit Sierra Leone (GESL)

The girls in GESL decided to take on a national issue relevant to the needs of girls, that they wanted to raise awareness on. The girls decided to focus on educating their peers on the negative impacts of FGM through an advocacy media campaign. This blog showcases pieces by two of the girls in GESL,  Finda Karimu and Fatamta Bah. The GESL girls are raising awareness via social media and other platforms on their project titled “FGM E do So” (FGM Enough!). We hope you are inspired by Finda and Fatmata’s reflection.

6 September 2017

F is for a future without FGM

What do literacy and FGM have in common? One could eradicate the other.

This week International Literacy Day reminds us that education is one of the most fundamental ways in which we can build a sustainable future for all. It empowers individuals to bring about lasting change at a community, national and global level.

30 March 2017

FGM in Nigeria in 2017

Guest blog by Raymond Chima Ukwa, End FGM Ambassador. Female genital mutilation (FGM) is an unhealthy practice, inflicted on girls and women worldwide, and it is generally recognized as a violation of human rights, which is deeply rooted in cultural beliefs and perceptions over decades and generations with no easy task for change. This blog post explores the issue of FGM in Nigeria where it is estimated that 27% of the women have undergone the procedure.

7 March 2017

Saved by Cricket and a brother's love

Guest blog by Esther Njenga. Nancy is a bubbly, kind and intelligent girl who just last year successfully completed high school. Getting to this landmark stage of her life is nothing but a journey of courage and sacrifice not only for her but also for her two brothers who have stood by her through her trying times.

5 February 2017

Youth ending FGM in The Gambia

Guest blog by Bakary Seedy Dampha Programme Manager Kids Come First in The Gambia. FGM is no longer a new thing in the Gambia and I’m impressed with the amount of youth involvement and engagement in ending FGM in a generation. Addressing the life threatening and global concern, the Girl Generation has currently a membership of 50 organisations in the Gambia. 

5 February 2017

"Stand to be counted in making this world a better place for women and girls" #MenENDFGM

Guest blog by Tony Mwebia. Today is International Day to Zero Tolerance against FGM and my plea to fellow youths and especially men is to join this noble cause and stand to be counted in making this world a better place for women and girls. As youths we stand to benefit most by achievement of SDGs, with elimination of harmful cultural practices being key in realization of SDG 5. 

9 December 2016

FGM and the necessity of sex education in Nigeria

Guest Blog by Kemi Omololu-Olunloyo, Journalist/Founder and News Director. For the last 16 days I have witnessed an overwhelming scene on social media of something I thought I was dealing with alone. Female Genital Mutilation. FGM was performed on me at age 5 and I will never forget the event. It is still etched in my mind and when reporter Ludovica Iaccino mentioned she was doing a story about it at the International Business Times.

11 November 2016

Kids Come First Foundation

Guest Blog from Bakary Seedy Damph (Buba). Bakary Seedy Damph (Buba) founded and runs Kids Come First Foundation, a community based advocacy group that offers support and empowers children irrespective of their backgrounds. The foundation addresses issues such as Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and Child Marriage and provides affected children and their families with psychological, financial and emotional support based on a fair assessment of their needs.

28 July 2016

The role of Gambian men in the fight against FGM in The Gambia

Guest blog by Andrew Mendy. The fight to end FGM in the Gambia and other practicing nations will almost be impossible without the active involvement and participation of men. Hence, it is important that all stakeholders in this fight get the men on board sooner rather than later.  This is crucial as the men in their roles as fathers, husbands, community and religious leaders may play a leading and pivotal role in the abandonment of FGM.

14 July 2016

Medicalisation : against a partial solution to FGM

Recently, I asked an Egyptian medical doctor whether he had ever encountered FGM. He had indeed encountered it. He told me that he was once at a hospital and was asked whether he would circumcise two children. He agreed, assuming that both children were boys, but then it turned out that one was a boy and the other a girl. 

16 June 2016

Don't medicalise FGM/C - end it

Guest blog by Dr Faith Mwangi-Powell. To mark the Day of the African Child we are pleased to share a guest blog by Dr Faith Mwangi-Powell, Global Director of The Girl Generation on why we must abandon all forms of FGM and prevent its medicalisation. The Medicalisation of FGM report from the 28 Too Many charity argues that a medicalised version of the practice has increased in a number of countries.

16 June 2016

FGM - End it. Don't medicalise it.

28 Too Many’s new report investigates the growing involvement of health professionals in FGM and highlights what actions need to be taken to reverse this dangerous trend. Medicalised FGM remains a very risky procedure and does nothing to mitigate the fact that this is a severe form of violence against girls and women, a violation of their human rights and has life-long physical, emotional and sexual implications for survivors.

16 May 2016

The Psychological Effects of Female Genital Mutilation

Research blog by Serene Chung. A research blog by Serene Chung which investigates the psychological effects of female genital mutilation (FGM) within migrant communities in the United Kingdom. Considering avaiable literature and interviews with experts, Serene analyses the psychological disorders suffered by the individual, considering their migrant cultural identity and also considers the psychological impact of FGM in the context of relationships between the women and their spouses or families.

15 April 2016

Interview with Solomon Onita Jr about the film "JOY"

Guest blog by Imuetinyan Ugiagbe. A first-generation Nigerian filmmaker Solomon Onita Jr. in his most recent short film, Joy, explores the cultural clashes of a Nigerian family living in the United States. In the film, he tells the story of a woman who is trying to convince her husband not to circumcise their ten years old daughter, poetically named Joy. It tells the story of a women's struggle to protect her daughter from the harm of FGM whilst being true to her cultural heritage.

16 March 2016

The Challenge to end FGM in The Gambia

Guest blog by Andrew Mendy. The recent developments in the fight against FGM in The Gambia have been very encouraging. A guest blog by campaigner Andrew Mendy reflecting on progress in the fight against FGM in The Gambia and what further action is needed. 

6 February 2016

International Day of Zero Tolerance to FGM 2016

Guest blog by Nigeen Dara. A new blog by medical student Nigeen Dara to mark the UN International Day for Zero Tolerance to FGM.

21 December 2015

Dropping the Knife in The Gambia

Guest blog by Jacqueline Hoover. A blog by 28 Too Many Trustee Jacqueline Hoover on the Fifth Dropping the Knife ceremony in The Gambia hosted by anti-FGM organisation GAMCOTRAP.

17 December 2015

Kids Come First Youth Forum on FGM

Guest blog by Jacqueline Hoover. 28 Too Many Trustee Jacqueline Hoover reports on the Youth Forum on FGM organised by Kids Come First Foundation and held in Wellingara, The Gambia on 28 - 29 November 2015.

10 December 2015

Will the new government in Burkina Faso bring a better future for its girls?

3 out of 4 girls and women in Burkina Faso have experienced female genital mutilation (FGM) but new research indicates that attitudes are changing.

9 December 2015

FGM and Initiation Rites

Guest blog by Sarajane Rodgers. In her new blog psychology student Sarajane Rodgers explores the impact of FGM on survivors.

8 December 2015

The depths of dishonour: Hidden voices and shameful crimes

The police must better understand honour-based violence, forced marriage and female genital mutilation in order to provide victims with the best possible service and encourage those affected to come forward, a report from Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) found today.

1 December 2015

Update from 28 Too Many Executive Director Ann-Marie Wilson - November 2015

A quarterly update from Executive Director Ann-Marie Wilson. We were delighted to partner with Ogilvy and Mather, a leading advertising agency, to roll out a European poster campaign informing the general population about FGM. The “It Happens Here” campaign featured posters of six European flags (UK, The Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Scotland and Italy) across billboards, university campuses,and the media.

17 November 2015

The Corridor of Opportunity

Guest blog by Julia Farman. Julia from Cricket Without Boundaries writes about how sport has the power to engage and empower girls and women.

14 November 2015

Warriors film London premiere

A blog by Noa Marson, youth ambassador for 28 Too Many writes about an inspiring evening at the Warriors film premiere and special Q&A session held in London on 13th November.

14 November 2015

Dahlia Project support for FGM survivors

The Dahlia Project is a specialist service for women who have undergone FGM. The Project aims to provide a safe space for women and girls to unpack the effects of FGM. It offers a support group or one to one counselling for survivors of FGM, ensuring a safe and non-judgemental environment for all women.

10 November 2015

FGM: A Kurdish Woman's Ordeal

Guest blog by Nigeen Dara. A new blog by 28 Too Many volunteer Nigeen who campaigns against FGM and raises awareness of this as an issue for women from the Middle East and especially Kurdistan. In this blog she tells the story of a young Kurdish woman who is a survivor of female genital mutilation (FGM).

16 October 2015

28 Too Many wins Clio Awards Advertiser of the Year

Last night 28 Too Many was announced as Advertiser of the Year at the Clio Awards its provocative anti-female genital mutilation (FGM)* campaign, “It Happens Here", with Ogilvy & Mather London.

23 September 2015

How to celebrate and help others

Guest blog by Helena Sharpstone. 28 Too Many ambassador Helena Sharpstone blogs about why she has decided to celebrate her upcoming birthday by helping others.

17 September 2015

Cycling around London to end FGM

Guest blog by Noa Marson. 28 Too Many Youth Ambassador Noa Marson and her friend Laura Lewis recently cycled around London wearing animal costumes to raise money to help end FGM. read their blog about an unusual day!

10 September 2015

Update from 28 Too Many Executive Director Ann-Marie Wilson - September 2015

Executive Director Ann-Marie Wilson reflects on a busy few months for 28 Too Many and the progress we are seeing in tackling FGM.

5 August 2015

How do we deal with FGM?

Guest blog by Hannah Cotton. 17 year old Hannah Cotton recently completed a project on FGM and is now sharing her newly acquired knowledge to help end the practice and protect other girls from being cut.

28 July 2015

As a student in the UK, is FGM impersonal and am I helpless?

Guest blog by Tamsyn Radmall. Student Tamsyn reflecting on what she has learnt about FGM during her summer placement with 28 Too Many.

23 July 2015

FGM in the Middle East

Guest blog by Nigeen Dara. A new blog by 28 Too Many volunteer Nigeen Dara highlights FGM in the Middle East. As we get better information about FGM in different countries we must ensure that action is taken wherever FGM is found to be taking place and that those working to stop the practice are supported.

13 July 2015

Working with women who have experienced female circumcision, genital cutting or FGM

Guest blog by Karen Walkden. 28 Too Many Trustee Karen Walkden reviews the recent conference hosted by the British Psychological Society’s Division of Clinical Psychology’s Faculty for Sexual Health and HIV held an event for clinicians and others working with women impacted by FGM.

30 June 2015

Raising awareness of FGM in Mali

Blog by Dr Ann-Marie Wilson. A report on a week of meetings and hopeful discussions on ending FGM in Mali as Ann-Marie and Tina conclude their month in West Africa.

23 June 2015

Making progress to end FGM in Senegal

Blog by Ann-Marie Wilson and Tina Bellamy. A new blog from Ann-Marie and Tina as they continue their visit to West Africa with a colourful and rewarding 8 days in Senegal.

16 June 2015

Can Senegal break free from the cycle of FGM?

Released for the Day of the African Child 2015, a new country profile on FGM in Senegal by 28 Too Many reports that an estimated 25.7% of girls and women (aged 14-59) have undergone female genital mutilation (FGM) and this figure has not changed significantly over the past ten years. 

15 June 2015

A week in The Gambia

Blog by Ann-Marie Wilson and Tina Bellamy. A blog on a busy 8 days in The Gambia, meeting anti-FGM campaigners, sharing our research on FGM and learning how we can support local efforts to stop FGM.

9 June 2015

A year on from the 2014 Global Summit to End Sexual Violence: What has been done?

Guest blog by Sarasvathi Arulampalam. One year on from the End Sexual Violence in Conflict Global Summit, law student Sarasvathi Arulampalam reflects on what was achieved and why we must continue to prioritise this issue.

2 June 2015

Islam and Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

Guest blog by Nigeen Dara. Despite predating Islam and Christianity many people believe FGM to be a religious practice. In her latest blog 28 Too Many volunteer Nigeen Dara investigates the Islamic view on FGM to increase understanding and challenge harmful misconceptions about the practice.

26 May 2015

Don't suffer in silence

Guest Blog by Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird. We are very pleased to share this guest blog by Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird QC on why tackling violence against Girls and Women, including FGM, is a priority and how she wants to improve the response in Northumbria and nationally.

19 May 2015

Making a difference

A guest blog by 28 Too Many Ambassador Louise Hunt. Louise is a paralympian wheelchair tennis player with a passion for encouraging others and making sure everyone can fulfill their true potential. read her blog about why she has joined the campaign to help end FGM.

14 May 2015

What Was Never Said

A book review by Youth Ambassador Noa Marson. 28 Too Many's Youth Ambassador Noa Marson reviews "What Was Never Said", the new book by writer and teacher Emma Craigie. A gripping and sensitively written story of a young girl seeking safety from the harmful practice of female genitial mutilation (FGM).

6 May 2015

FGM is everyone's business

Guest blog by Chris O'Hanlon. Hoping to inspire more men to join the fight against FGM, 28 Too Many volunteer Chris O'Hanlon tells the story of why he is committed to help end this harmful practice.

29 April 2015

End FGM Everywhere

28 Too Many’s powerful new campaign highlights that female genital mutilation (FGM) doesn’t only happen in far away places. Each year three million girls are at risk of FGM and we all need to take action to end FGM everywhere.

14 April 2015

Spinning to change lives

Guest blog by Nia Dowd. Earlier this year Nia Dowd took on a personal endurance challenge to complete 12 hours non-stop pedalling on a spin bike to help end FGM. In this blog she tells her story and hopes to inspire more people to take action.

2 April 2015

Stories of change and hope from Kenya

A blog by Ann-Marie Wilson. It has been a very busy start to 2015 for 28 Too Many’s Executive Director Ann-Marie Wilson with two separate trips to Kenya and a week in the Middle East. Before taking a few days well deserved rest over the Easter weekend, she reflects on the progress in Kenya where FGM has been reduced from 38 to 28 per cent in 10 years, but still there is more to do.

23 March 2015

Why Men Should Care About FGM

Guest blog by Stephen Williams, a friend of Ann-Marie Wilson and supporter of 28 Too Many and our work to end this harmful practice. In his blog Stephen explains why he cares about this issue and believes other men need to stand against FGM.

11 March 2015

WOW Festival 2015: The Misrepresentation of Women in Society

A guest blog by 28 Too Many Youth Ambassador Noa Marson on the WOW Festival which took place in London 1st to 8th March.

5 March 2015

Will 2015 be the beginning of the end of FGM in The Gambia?

As we approach International Women's Day 2015, 28 Too Many release new research on FGM in The Gambia where 3 out of every 4 girls undergo FGM. 

22 February 2015

The Power of Partnership: tackling FGM and hitting it for six

A blog by Esther Njenga. 28 Too Many's Africa Coordinator Esther Njenga shares her reflections on an amazing week in Laikipia Kenya, working alongside the Maasai Cricket Warriors and Cricket Without Boundaries to pioneer a new approach to tackling FGM.

17 February 2015

New project to help faith communities take action to end FGM

28 Too Many is delighted to receive new funding from the Department of Communities and Local Government to develop new training for faith leaders and community workers so that they can take action against FGM.

17 February 2015

How do we end FGM? - LSE Event 5th February 2015

Guest blog by 28 Too Many volunteer Asha Chadeesingh on our recent evening at the London School of Economics (LSE) talking to students about our work to end FGM.

13 February 2015

What will you do this V-Day?

Guest blog by Sarajane Rodgers. A new blog for V-Day by 28 Too Many supporter Sarajane Rodgers highlighting the importance of the V-Day campaign to end violence against women and girls.

6 February 2015

Batting FGM out of Kenya

As we celebrate the International Day of Zero Tolerance to FGM 2015 we are pleased to share details of our exciting new project in Kenya. Working with partners the Maasai Cricket Warriors and Cricket Without Boundaries our project team will deliver a special programme which uses cricket as the vehicle to work with local communities, empower young people and deliver important health and anti-FGM education.

5 February 2015

That's one small step for the courts, but one giant leap for FGM awareness

A blog by 28 Too Many Programmes Manager Caroline Overton reflecting on the outcome of the UK's first prosecution under the Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003.

30 January 2015

Not in your backyard?

Guest blog by Sarajane Rodgers. When you think of female genital mutilation (FGM), where does one picture such a thing taking place? Is it in some far off land? The United States, a country based on principles of freedom of the mind, body, and spirit, would be immune to something like FGM, right? In this blog 28 Too Many supporter Sarajane Rodgers explores the reality of FGM in the USA.

29 January 2015

Ann-Marie Wilson receives a British Citizen Award

In recognition of her work researching and campaigning against female genital mutilation (FGM), 28 Too Many Founder and Executive Director Dr Ann-Marie Wilson has been awarded a British Citizen Award. Ann-Marie is one of 28 people chosen from hundreds of nominations to receive the new awards, celebrating the selfless and often vital work they do for others. Each of them was presented with a medal at a ceremony in Westminster on 29th January.

6 January 2015

FGM in Kurdistan: An Ancient Ritual

Guest blog by 28 Too Many volunteer Nigeen Akram. Nigeen blogs about the brave women of Kurdistan battling to protect their homeland from extremist forces and also for women's rights and to end harmful practices like FGM. On a recent trip to Kurdistan Nigeen met FGM survivors and in this blogs she tells the story of one women who underwent the practice but has vowed to break the cycle and end FGM in her family to protect her daughters.

10 December 2014

Will Ebola help or hinder the fight against FGM in Liberia?

28 Too Many's new research, Country Profile: FGM in Liberia shows that approximately half of girls and women in Liberia undergo FGM. Despite a ban on the practice since September due to the Ebola outbreak, there are reports that some FGM is continuing. This new report details the situation relating to FGM in Liberia and makes recommendations on actions necessary to end the practice.

9 December 2014

Where can you go if you are worried about FGM?

Guest blog by Asha Chadeesingh. A blog by Asha on the support services that are available to girls and women affected by FGM and why this remains a key issue for campaigners.

19 November 2014

Sam's Walk Home


On Friday 5th December 2014, Sam Barlow will be walking home from work - a sixty mile commute by foot to help end FGM.

11 November 2014

Why should UK students care about FGM?

Blog by 28 Too Many volunteer Asha Chadeesingh. As we approach the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence (25th Nov to 10th Dec), 28 Too Many volunteer Asha blogs to encourage her fellow students to get active and be part of the generation that will end female genital mutilation (FGM).

10 November 2014

Every Woman, Every Right, Every Minute

28 Too Many were pleased to participate in the NGO Forum in Geneva which preceded the first high-level Regional Review meeting for Beijing+20 and was organized by UNECE and UN Women on the 3rd to 5th November in Geneva. The conclusions of the regional reviews will feed into the global review of the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action at next year’s fifty-ninth session of the Commission on the Status of Women in New York.

21 October 2014

FGM: can't you just pass a law against it?

Guest blog by Caroline Overton. As the UK’s Ministry of Justice publishes a raft of new measures to protect girls and women from FGM 28 Too Many Programmes Manager Caroline Overton asks, FGM: can’t you just pass a law against it?

16 October 2014

A Kurdish Girl's story of FGM

Blog Action Day post by Nigeen Akram. A powerful blog by 28 Too Many volunteer and medical student Nigeen telling the story of a Kurdish FGM survivor she met during a visit to Iraqi Kurdistan this summer. We share this on Blog Action Day 2014 in the hope that it will be seen by many people and encourage support for the brave Kurdish women standing against FGM.

14 October 2014

The Cruel Cut Workshop

Guest blog by 28 Too Many volunteer Asha Chadeesingh. A review of the recent Cruel Cut workshop in London, featuring anti-FGM campaigners, health, legal and other experts to provide life-saving and life-changing awareness and training of FGM

10 October 2014

Hitting FGM for six!

For the International Day of the Girl Child 2014, 28 Too Many and Cricket Without Boundaries (CWB) are pleased to announce a ground breaking project in Kenya using sport to bring communities together, empower girls and encourage the abandonment of female genital mutilation (FGM)

3 October 2014

How can we end FGM in Mali?

As 28 Too Many's new report Country Profile: FGM in Mali shows the extent of FGM in Mali, researcher Gemma Locke highlights some of the challenges and shares her hopes for change.

30 September 2014

Press Release: 9 out of 10 girls in Mali at risk of FGM

28 Too Many's new research, Country Profile: FGM in Mali, confirms that FGM remains a major issue in Mali and that 91% of girls and women have experienced FGM. The report details the practice and explains the underlying social drivers which support the continuation of FGM.

17 September 2014

FGM in the UK

Guest blog by Jade Botha. Jade Botha became aware of FGM while studying in the UK for masters degree in education studies. Inspired to focus on FGM in the UK for her dissertation, Jade explains what she learnt and why she supports the campaign to end FGM.

8 September 2014

How people around the world are joining the growing movement to end FGM

An update on some of our fantastic supporters who are taking action and have joined the global movement to end FGM.

18 August 2014

Why is Flimsymoon supporting 28 Too Many's work to end FGM?

Guest blog by Phoebe Waller on why new luxury lingerie label Flimsymoon has chosen to donate some of the proceeds from its Kickstarter fundraising campaign to help 28 Too Many's work to end FGM.

7 August 2014

The Girl Summit looked to a better future but what about girls facing FGM this summer?

Blog by 28 Too Many Volunteer Shirelle Salem. The recent Girl Summit on female genital mutilation and child early forced marriage was an important step in the fight to end these harmful practices and looks to a better future but what about the girls at risk of FGM now? 28 Too Many volunteer Shirelle Salem blogs to raise awareness of the thousands of British girls at risk of FGM this summer.

28 July 2014

Girl Effect Live

Blog by 28 Too Many volunteer Shirelle Salem. 28 Too Many volunteer Shirelle blogs about the inspiring Girl Effect Live which took place in London on Sunday 20th July 2014. An exciting female-led day of music, art, poetry, comedy, expert discussions and workshops to celebrate the power of girls and young women.

24 July 2014

Faith Leaders unite to condemn female genital mutilation and forced marriage

Declarations signed by over 350 UK faith leaders were presented to the UK Government at the Girl Summit in London on 22nd July 2014. The declarations make clear that female genital mutilation (FGM) and forced marriage (FM) are not religious requirements and that no faith supports these harmful practices.

24 July 2014

The 21st Century Girl

28 Too Many's Youth Delegate Ella Sivan blogs on the #YouthforChange conference which was held in London on Saturday 19th July and brought together young people from across the world who are passionate about girls' rights and ending FGM and CEFM.

18 July 2014

This is our chance to be the generation that ends FGM and child marriage

The first Girl Summit is being held in London on 22nd July and aims to create a world where FGM and child, early and forced marriage (CEFM) are no longer practised. 28 Too Many supports this ground breaking events and will be taking part in the Summit and a number of supporting events.

14 July 2014

The Girl Summit 2014: Ending FGM and Child and Forced Marriage

28 Too Many is supporting The Girl Summit 2014. Bringing together governments, experts and activists, this will be first international forum to look at FGM and child and forced marriage. Read more about the event and what it aims to achieve in our latest blog.

11 July 2014

Church leaders urged to take a stronger stand against female genital mutilation

Charity 28 Too Many will ask leaders within the Church of England attending General Synod in York, on Saturday 12th July, to ensure that The Church strengthens its opposition to the harmful traditional practice of female genital mutilation (FGM).

10 July 2014

28 Too Many joins the Inter-African Committee on Traditional Practices (IAC)

The IAC Executive Board has agreed 28Toomany as an affiliate member of the Inter-African Committee (IAC).

The IAC is an African regional umbrella body that has been working on policy programmes and actions to stop FGM in the African Region for the last 28 years. 

3 July 2014

New report to UK Parliament: FGM is a national scandal

A new report on FGM is published today by the Home Affairs Committee of the House of Commons “Female genital mutilation: the case for a national action plan”. The Committee recommends the immediate implementation of a national action plan and specific steps to respond to the growing crisis on FGM in UK.

24 June 2014

"That they may all be one"

A blog on the Premier Lecture by Siobhan Crawford. 28 Too Many Trustee Siobhan Crawford attended the third annual Premier Lecture with the Right Honourable Lord (Paul) Boateng on Tuesday 10th June. Here is her account of an inspiring evening

17 June 2014

How community action is tackling FGM in Pokot

Guest blog by Kabete Benard. Kabete Benard provides an insight into community development work in Pokot County in Kenya where FGM is still widely practised.

13 June 2014

Ending female genital mutilation in Sierra Leone

28 Too Many's new report, Country Profile: FGM in Sierra Leone, shines a light on the secretive practice of female genital mutilation in Sierra Leone. It shows that change is happening and makes recommendations on what needs to be to done to accelerate the ending of this harmful practice.

12 June 2014

Press Release: It's time to break the taboo and end FGM in Sierra Leone

On Saturday 17th May, a nine year old Sierra Leonean girl died from female genital mutilation (FGM) related complications. 

28 Too Many’s new report “Country Profile: FGM in Sierra Leone” shines a light on this secretive practice and shows that there has been a slight fall in the prevalence rate of FGM in Sierra Leone from 2008 to 2013 but the practice still affects approximately 89.6% of women (DHS, 2013). 

30 May 2014

Ending Sexual Violence in Conflict: London Global Summit

28 Too Many are pleased to be taking part in the global summit on Ending Sexual Violence in Conflist which is being held in London from 10th to 13th June 2014.

27 May 2014

What makes someone want to run a half marathon?

Guest blog by Esther Marshall. Esther Marshall, a physiotherapist and pilates instructor from East London, explains her motivation for taking part in the Run Hackney Half Marathon to raise money for 28 Too Many and help end FGM.

20 May 2014

Bristol 10k: My life changing run

Guest blog by Kat Brealey. On Sunday 11th May, Kat and her husband Ben completed the Bristol 10K to raise money to help end FGM and change the lives of women and girls around the world. As well as helping to empower other women, Kat also found that preparing for and completing the run was a hugely empowering experience for her.

13 May 2014

Inspiring a generation to end FGM

Guest blog by 28 Too Many volunteer Vivien Cohen. A blog on some of the women who inspire our work to end FGM and are making a difference to millions of women and girls worldwide.

6 May 2014

REPLACE 2 Conference April 2014

Guest blog by Courtney Perlmutter. Human Rights and International Relations student Courtney Perlmutter reports on the REPLACE 2 Conference held in London on 11th April 2014, bringing together researchers, campaigners and government representations to tackle FGM.

29 April 2014

Why we must all help end FGM

Guest blog by 28 Too Many supporter Nigeen Akram. Student Nigeen Akram blogs about FGM in the UK in the first of a series of posts on the campaign to end FGM. She wants to raise awareness and encourage others to join the growing global movement against FGM.

25 April 2014

Raising awareness of FGM in Uganda

Guest blog by Lydia Miller. Lydia Miller writes about her recent trip to Uganda and how she was able to use 28 Too Many's research to raise awareness of FGM as part of her workshops for teachers on child safeguarding.

23 April 2014

Running to end FGM

Guest blog by Kat Brealey. 28 Too Many supporter Kat Brealey writes about why she and her husband Ben have signed up to run the Bristol 10k on 11th May to raise funds to help our work to end FGM. We are very grateful to them for doing this challenge and if you are able to please support them in this challenge.

15 April 2014

Progress ending FGM in East Africa

Interview with Ann-Marie Wilson. Following her recent trip to share our research on FGM in four countries in East Africa, 28 Too Many Executive Director Ann-Marie Wilson is interviewed by volunteer Alison Glennie.

8 April 2014

"We owe it to the children. We can make a difference."

Blog by Amy Hurn, 28 Too Many Research Project Manager. Amy Hurn writes about an emotional and informative day at the Metropolitan Police Project Azure Conference in London on 29th March 2014.

2 April 2014

The time is now to end FGM

Guest blog by 28 Too Many volunteer Daisy Marshall. Research volunteer Daisy Marshall wirtes about a recent event on FGM organised by Leeds Students for Women International Society.

31 March 2014

What will a successful prosecution for FGM in the UK achieve?

Guest blog by 28 Too Many Volunteer Helen Reid. As the Crown Prosecution Service announces the first prosecutions for FGM in the UK 28 Too Many volunteer Helen Reid considers what a successful prosecution could mean to the campaign against the practice.

18 March 2014

Growing stronger by the hour

A blog by 28 Too Many Trustee Anya Stern. 28 Too Many Trustee Anya Stern took part in the Million Women Rise march in central London on International Women's Day 2014 and writes about her inspiring afternoon.

5 March 2014

How New Wine Women in the UK are helping to change the lives of girls and women in Africa

Guest blog by Ruth Samuels. 28 Too Many volunteer Ruth Samuels reflects on the support and encouragement from New Wine Women for our work to end FGM and how this is helping to improve the lives of women and girls around the world.

25 February 2014

Rising for Justice

Guest blog by 28 Too Many volunteer Hilary Campbell. 28 Too Many volunteer Hilary Campbell writes about One Billion Rising 2014 and the Rise for Justice rally which took place in Trafalgar Square in London on 14th February.

18 February 2014

Working to end FGM in East Africa

During February 28 Too Many Executive Director Ann-Marie Wilson visits East Africa to meet anti-FGM activisits in Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. In this blog we find out what she hopes to achieve from this trip.

6 February 2014

Impact of emergencies on FGM

28 Too Many publishes a new briefing paper on the impact of emergency situations on FGM which looks at this complex issue and identifies some of the key considerations that need to be taken into account as governments and international aid organisations prepare responses to emergencies.

6 February 2014

OxLWOB and 28 Too Many Panel Collaboration on FGM

Oxford University Student Division of Lawyers Without Borders (OxLWOB) and anti-FGM charity 28 Too Many announce a new research collaboration on female genital mutilation (FGM).

27 January 2014

Why we must ensure all children have appropriate sex and relationship education?

Guest blog by 28 Too Many volunteer Helen Reid. Helen Reid writes about why we need compulsory sex and relationship education (SRE) for all children. There is growing evidence that SRE not only provides the knowledge necessary to build safe and healthy relationships but it also plays a vital role in reducing sexual violence and can help tackle harmful practices like FGM.

23 January 2014

Over 65,000 girls at risk of FGM in the UK

A new report on female genital mutilation (FGM) in the UK offers new data and makes serious claims about a dramatic increase in the number of women and girls in the UK affected by this harmful practice. Julie Bindel, the report’s author, estimates that as many as 170,000 women living in the UK may have undergone FGM and 65,000 girls under the age of 13 are at risk.

23 January 2014

It's time for men to stand up and say no to FGM

Did you know the on that day when the real men stand up and say no to FGM it will be on that day when we will say a final RIP to Female Genital Mutilation? In a guest blog for 28 Too Many, Geoffrey Otieno from Kenya talks about the role of men in FGM and why they should take action to end this harmful practice.

9 January 2014

Update from 28 Too Many Executive Director Ann-Marie Wilson

As we leave 2013 and head into 2014 full of excitement and enthusiasm for the challenges ahead, Executive Director Ann-Marie Wilson takes a look back at 28 Too Many's work over the last few months and the many achievements in the campaign to end FGM.

23 December 2013

What changes are taking place in FGM in Tanzania?

Guest blog by a 28 Too Many researcher. During August and September 2013 Gosbert Lwentaro, a researcher based in Dar es Salaam undertook research on FGM in Tanzania for 28 Too Many. His research included meetings and community group discussions in Arusha and Moshi and in this blog he shares some of the findings which show how FGM is changing in Tanzania.

19 December 2013

28 Too Many appoints new trustees

28 Too Many is pleased to confirm the appointment of two new trustees to its Board of Directors.

16 December 2013

How can we talk about FGM in a culturally sensitive and progressive way?

Guest blog by Diya Mukarji. An interesting and thoughtful blog by Diya Mukarji, a post-colonial feminist and anti-FGM campaigner. In this piece Diya explores how we can discuss a difficult topic like FGM in a culturally sensitive and progressive way which does not hinder efforts to end the practice.

10 December 2013

Fighting against FGM and for Human Rights in Tanzania

Blog by Louise Robertson. As we celebrate Human Rights Day 2013, we share a story of a brave woman in Tanzania urging others to abandon the harmful traditional practice of female genital mutilation (FGM).

10 December 2013

Press Release: FGM remains a danger for Tanzania's girls despite laws against the practice

It is estimated that 7.9 million women and girls in Tanzania have undergone FGM (UNICEF, 2013).  New research for 28 Too Many’s report “Country Profile: FGM in Tanzania” shows that there has been good progress against FGM in some areas of Tanzania but there are still very strong challenges to eradicating FGM.

5 December 2013

28 Too Many Celebrate International Volunteer Day 2013

Guest blog by volunteer Alison Glennie. On International Volunteers Day 2013, 28 Too Many communications volunteer Alison Glennie explains why volunteering is important and how it changes the lives of the volunteers as well the people they help.

29 November 2013

"The Cruel Cut" - a review of the groundbreaking documentary on FGM

Guest blog by 28 Too Many volunteer Vivien Cohen. Vivien writes about The Cruel Cut. A new documentary about FGM in the UK shown on Channel 4 television on the 6th November 2013. The film follows Leyla Hussein, an FGM survivor who now campaigns to end the practice, support survivors and protect other girls from having to face the often devastating consequences of FGM.

25 November 2013

Female Genital Mutilation: Just a Women's Issue?

Guest blog by Winnie Cheung. 28 Too Many volunteer Winnie Cheung discusses the campaign against FGM in the UK and what impact the attitude that this is a "women's issue" has on progress to end the practice.

18 November 2013

Challenging sexist and racist music videos

On Monday 11 November, a new campaign called ‘Rewind & Reframe was launched. The campaign sees women denouncing sexism and racism in many music videos and urging the media, music industry and the Government to address it. 28 Too Many volunteer Atiyah Wazir attended the launch event and reports on some timely topics.

12 November 2013

Are governments failing women and girls at risk of violence?

Guest blog by 28 Too Many volunteer Ruth Samuels. Inspired by a recent event led by UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, Rashida Manjoo, and guest speaker Marai Larasi from EVAW and Imkaan, 28 Too many volunteer Ruth Samuels explores why governments should be taking more action against gender based violence.

6 November 2013

"I will not be cut! You will not cut me!"

Guest blog by 28 Too Many volunteer Vivien Cohen. Vivien Cohen reviews the film "I will never be cut" by The Guardian Global Development, which looks at FGM in Kenya and highlights how girls and campaigners are trying to change attitudes and end this cruel practice.

31 October 2013

Press Release: Female genital mutilation numbers down in Ethiopia

23.8 million women in Ethiopia have had female genital mutilation (FGM) which makes it the second most affected country in Africa for FGM. However despite the fact that FGM is widespread and is practised in the majority of regions and ethnics groups, research by 28 Too Many finds that attitudes are changing in Ethiopia and progress is being made to reduce and eventually eradicate this harmful practice.

30 October 2013

"Look Again" exhibition highlights worldwide violence against women

Blog by 28 Too Many research volunteer Lisa Glass. The launch of the ‘Look Again’ photo exhibition took place on Thursday 24 October at the Salvation Army’s International Headquarters in London. The exhibition was organised by Restored, an international Christian alliance working to transform relationships and end violence against women. 28 Too Many Executive Director, Ann-Marie Wilson and research volunteers, Lisa and Ruth, were all delighted to attend the launch and shares ideas and stories with others campaigning to end violence against women and girls.

24 October 2013

Violence against women and girls in India

Guest blog by Lilli Loveday. Lilli Loveday takes a look at the shocking levels of violence against women and girls in India after attending a UN Women talk and hearing the work of the ICS programme in India which provides volunteer opportunities for young people on development projects.

16 October 2013

Navigating the world of publicity: a challenge for anti-FGM campaigners

Guest blog by Marianna Ryan. A blog by 28 Too Many supporter Marianna Ryan for Blog Action Day 2013. In this blog Marianna discusses the challenges faced by campaigners in communicating and engaging audiences whilst staying true to their values and respecting the causes they represent. This is a particularly difficult for anti-FGM and other campaigners who want to promote respect for human rights and protect the dignity of those affected by violations of their rights whilst dealing with very sensitive issues which can easily lead to shocking messages.

14 October 2013

Resolution opposing FGM passed at the ACWW Triennial Conference

A landmark resolution opposing FGM passed at the Associated Country Women of the World (ACWW) 27th Triennial Conference

9 October 2013

A commitment to change: why it is important to provide asylum to those at risk of FGM

Guest blog by Vivien Cohen. A new blog by 28 Too Many volunteer Vivien Cohen looking at FGM and asylum makes a powerful case for why those seeking protection from FGM should be offered safety.

3 October 2013

Painful Truth Poem: A blog and poem on FGM for National Poetry Day 2013

On National Poetry Day (UK) 2013 we share a powerful and moving poem written by a Somali FGM survivor.

26 September 2013

28 Too Many Country Profiles: What they tell us about FGM

Guest blog by 28 Too Many volunteer Alison Glennie. Alison Glennie writes on the conclusions from 28 Too Many's first 2 country profile reports and the lessons that we can learn from experiences in Kenya and Uganda for programmes to end FGM across Africa.

13 September 2013

For Every Mother: Saving Lives in Burkina Faso

A blog by Dr Sophia Webster as she visits the maternity ward in a hospital in Burkina Faso during her epic Flight for Every Mother journey to promote maternal health across Africa. Flying a plane, negotiating border crossings, delivering babies and saving lives are all in day's work for this inspirational doctor!

4 September 2013

Summer Update from 28 Too Many Executive Director Ann-Marie Wilson

As we all return from our summer holidays, our latest blog is a round up of the last four months at 28 Too Many from Executive Director Ann-Marie Wilson.

28 August 2013

Questions about FGM

Blog by 28 Too Many volunteer Alison Glennie. Following a recent talk on FGM at a Galactic Orchids meeting, 28 Too Many communications volunteers interviews Ann-Marie Wilson about the talk and asks some of the challenging questions about FGM.

13 August 2013

Update on UK Govt's Statement Opposing FGM

An update from the House of Lords on the UK Home Office's pilot scheme of a Statement Opposing Female Genital Mutilation leaflet following a written question from Baroness Cox

13 August 2013

Flight for Every Mother: The journey begins

A blog by 28 Too Many Operations Co-ordinator Louise Robertson on Flight for Every Mother - an exciting and challenging journey across Africa by Obstetrician Dr Sophia Wesbter. Flying a small plane, Sophia will be visiting 25 African countries delivering medical supplies and training to improve maternal health and to tackle issues like FGM, early marriage and lack of basic medical support which can save thousands of lives each year.

7 August 2013

Interview with Ann-Marie Wilson

Blog by 28 Too Many volunteer Vivien Cohen. Our latest guest blog by 28 Too Many volunteer Vivien Cohen is an interview with Ann-Marie Wilson on 28 Too Many's achievements over the last year and what is coming up next.

31 July 2013

To Care, Comfort and Safeguard our Children

Guest blog by Amanda Epe. Amanda Epe, one of 28 Too Many's Health Education Volunteers, reflecting on the role of midwives and other professionals and how they can help safeguard girls from FGM.

23 July 2013

What are you doing this summer?

Guest blog by a 28 Too Many volunteer. A new blog by one of our team of volunteer campaigners on the summer "cutting season", when the risk of FGM dramatically rises for young girls during the long schools holidays.

16 July 2013

FGM in Uganda

Blog by Johanna Waritay, 28 Too Many Research Coordinator. A blog by Johanna Waritay about our new country profile on FGM in Uganda. Although the overall rate of FGM is low in Uganda the practice is still deeply entrenched in some areas and there are still many challenges to overcome before FGM is eradicated in Uganda.

12 July 2013

Press release: New research on FGM in Uganda

A new report on FGM in Uganda by 28 Too Many published on Monday 15th July finds that Uganda has a low rate of FGM compared to many African countries but faces a tough battle to eradicate the practice.

10 July 2013

FGM: Not just something that happens to other people

A guest blog by Tallulah Staple, a student in London, about how she was inspired to research FGM and raise awareness via a podcast.

2 July 2013

An award-winning film and top expert shed light on the hidden world of FGM

Guest blog by Jess Frampton, member of the London Committee for the UK National Committee for UN Women about how an award-winning film and one of the country’s top experts shed light on the hidden world of FGM.

25 June 2013

Cutting the Rose

A guest blog by Amanda Epe Health 28 Too Many Volunteer, trainer/coach and writer/activist against FGM. A personal account of how a father's story about FGM sowed a seed for one women to become a campaigner against this harmful practice.

24 June 2013

FGM Helpline launched in the UK

28 Too Many welcome the new telephone helpline to protect girls in the UK from female genital mutilation (FGM) which was launched on Monday 24th June by the NSPCC. The free 24 hour telephone line provides advice, information and support for anyone concerned that a child's welfare is at risk because of FGM.

19 June 2013

Spring update from 28 Too Many Executive Director, Ann-Marie Wilson

Catch up on the action packed last three months and the progreess being made in our work to end FGM with the latest quarterly update from 28 Too Many Executive Director, Ann-Marie Wilson

12 June 2013

A life changing year researching FGM in Kenya and Uganda.

Blog by 28 Too Many researcher Kelly Denise. I have had the privilege of working full time with 28 Too Many for about a year and it has been amazing. The people, the vision and the work have been inspiring. Being a part of a young organisation from the beginning has been an incredible experience as we navigate through the vision in real life and learn from our mistakes as well as seek advice from those who have been working in this field before us.

4 June 2013

There is hope: a review of the film "The Day I Will Never Forget"

A guest blog by Helen Harwood. A review of "The Day I Will Never Forget", a powerful documentary by acclaimed film maker Kim Longinotto follows a number of women in Kenya around the theme of female genital mutilation (FGM).

21 May 2013

FGM in Kenya: What does our new report reveal and how can country profiles help eradicate female genital mutilation?

Blog by Katherine Allen, Research Intern and co-author of FGM in Kenya. 28 Too Many has released its first country profile report on FGM in Kenya. This information resource is freely available on our website and is intended to provide consolidated and objective information on female genital mutilation (FGM) in Kenya, and on national efforts to eradicate the practice.

17 May 2013

FGM in Kenya

28 Too Many’s new report on FGM in Kenya is featured in The Lancet in their weekly news podcast with an interview with our founder and Executive Director, Ann-Marie Wilson. As well as outlining our research methodology, Ann-Marie confirms the key findings from the report including a welcomed 10% reduction in FGM prevalence across Kenya over the last 10 years.

14 May 2013

Is education the most powerful weapon in the fight against FGM?

Blog by Louise Robertson. Nelson Mandela said that education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. I was reminded of this quote by the striking fact that only 19% of Kenya girls who have secondary level education undergo female genital mutilation (FGM) compared to an alarming 54% of girls who do not get a school education.

9 May 2013

What is the impact of the increasing trend for the medicalistion of female genital mutilation (FGM)?

Guest blog by Laura McKeever, studying Medical Science and Humanities at Swansea University. In 2012 significant advances were made in the battle against FGM as the United Nations prepared the first-ever draft resolution against the practice. In addition to this, some nations decided to abandon the practice - most notably Somalia included a ban on FGM in its new constitution. While progress has been made, push back has arrived.

8 May 2013

Press Release: FGM reduced in Kenya by 10% over 10 years

Progress is being made in the fight against female genital mutilation (FGM) in Kenya, confirms a new report by charity 28 Too Many which shows a significant drop in prevalence over the last ten years.

7 May 2013

Peers speak out against FGM in the House of Lords: How you can use your voice too? Guest blog by Megan Rowland, Volunteer at HART UK

Nearly 30 years ago the British government passed the Prohibition of Female Circumcision Bill, outlawing this practice in the UK. Since then, the FGM Act 2003 had made FGM illegal in the UK. Last Monday (22/04/13), amidst the glitter and glamour of the Lord’s debating chamber, FGM was back on the agenda, as over 200 Peers and visitors listened attentively.

7 May 2013

28 Too Many Launches New Website

As 28 Too Many celebrates the completion of its first year as an independent charity we are delighted to launch our new website. As well as updates on our campaigning and advocacy work to end female genital mutilation (FGM) we are excited to be able to share our research and country profiles in the FGM Resources section.

26 April 2013

What are the realities of FGM today? Examined within the framework of the Convention of the Rights of the Child (CRC).

Guest blog by Meti Tadesse, 28 Too Many Health Volunteer. In our world today, individuals’ right to participate in their culture and freedom of religion is protected by law. What appears to be difficult to enshrine by law, however, is the right for an individual girl to ‘opt out of certain cultural practices’ which are now at best considered as ‘challenging’ and have clearly been identified as ‘harmful’ to the individual’s development and psychosocial wellbeing.

24 April 2013

What's been going on at 28 Too Many

Stories from the field

As we settle into 2013, we review the fast progress we have made in 2012!  At our second Board meeting in December, we celebrated a major IT upgrade, enabled by a donation, and the generous time of an IT Director who gave his time for free – our first CSR donation! 

18 April 2013

FGM in the UK as portrayed on 'Casualty' - how this helps?

Guest blog by Christine Ashley, Volunteer Counsellor, Childline. I cannot believe that I had not realised the full extent of FGM until the 28th January 2013! Being a Volunteer Counsellor for Childline we are very privileged to be allowed to attend different talks/workshops and FGM was the topic of one of the many talks I attended. Ann-Marie Wilson, Director of 28 Too Many

17 April 2013

Ending the Daily Mutilation of 8,000 Girls & Women

Released 7th March

Finding out what works to bring to an end the harmful practice of female genital mutilation.

11 April 2013

Considering an approach to effectively addressing FGM* in the Diaspora

Guest Blog Lilli Loveday, 28 Too Many Research Volunteer. Female genital mutilation (FGM) is a major concern in the UK, with an estimated 30,000 girls under the age of 15 at risk of undergoing the practice (Forward, 2007). Despite legislation illegalising both the practice of FGM on UK nationals or permanent residents whilst overseas and the practice on any individual (irrespective of their nationality

28 March 2013

In so many parts of the world, women are treated as second class citizens. What could the future look like for gender equality in the global community?

Guest Blog by Sara Abdul Rahim, Masters student. The stark reality is, that in many parts of the world today women are denied access to pivotal rights for the mere fact of being female. Thereby women settle into second class status in their own homelands and, generations of young girls are raised as witnesses to the burden of their gender. It’s a cyclical

19 March 2013

After VDay and CSW, how can we end violence against women?

Guest blog by Mahdieh Madannezhad, student at the Shahid Beheshti University, Iran. Female genital mutilation (FGM) is defined by World Health Organisation (WHO) as all procedures that intentionally alter and ncause injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons. It is performed on young females with the purpose of protecting their virginity until marriage. FGM is recognised internationally as a violation of human rights of girls

14 March 2013

Reflections on One Billion Rising 14 Feb 2013.

Blog by Louise Robertson. On 14th February the 28 Too Many team took to the streets of London to participate in a number of One Billion Rising in the UK (OBRUK) events taking place across thecapital. Rather than provide an account of the day which has already been well documented in many blogs, on FaceBook/Twitter and in some brilliant

5 March 2013

CSW - What's it all about? Find out as 28 Too Many presents at the UN CSW with the UN in New York.

Blog by Ann-Marie Wilson, 28 Too Many Executive Director. One aspect I find exciting and challenging about my journey into the world of aid is its love of jargon!  I guess business and psychology, my previous careers, also had their fill of three letter acronyms, but the aid world seems to love them even more.  My latest preoccupation is with two: taking FGM (female

28 February 2013

FGM in the UK - a case for renewed optimism?

Guest Blog by Marianna Ryan, 28 Too Many Social Media Volunteer. It is sobering that over 20,000 young girls and women are at risk of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) each year in the UK- a developed nation with a commitment to human rights, as well as a comprehensive child protection framework. More worrying is that this statistic is, at best, an educated estimate, since FGM often

19 February 2013

What are the origins and reasons for FGM?

Blog by 28 Too Many's Research Coordinator.

Female genital mutilation (FGM) is a harmful traditional practice that involves the cutting or removal of the external genitals. It is typically found in traditional group or community cultures with patriarchal social structures. The reasons for the practice are complex and the origins are often lost in the mists of time. What is clear, however, is that FGM is a manifestation of deeply entrenched gender inequality, a fact recognised by the WHO.

12 February 2013

What is the point of a day to mark zero tolerance to FGM?

Blog by Ann-Marie Wilson, Executive Director. We had a successful media campaign last week with blogs in the Huff Post  and on Tearfund’s website. We also appeared on USB radio on 6th February and Ben TV on 7th February.  We look forward to another fruitful year of campaigning as we launch our next campaign on 13th February.  Watch this space!

5 February 2013

V-Day (14th February): Then and Now.

Blog by Louise Robertson. Louise’s Blog on V Day was recently published on One Billion Rising.  See it here

31 January 2013

Female Genital Mutilation: A Crime against women.

Guest Blog by Abigal Muchecheti, Author and Campaigner Against FGM. I am writing this article for all the girls around the world who have been genitally mutilated. Culturalists will argue that this subject should be left untouched as it projects and demeans a people’s culture. To such people I have this to say – FGM is a cruel, inhuman practice that not only belittles women

25 January 2013

In November 2012, the UN approved a worldwide ban on the practice of Female Genital Mutilation.

Guest blog by Wafa Farah, Journalist student at Hull Art & Design School. The World Health Organisation reports about 140 million girls and women are currently living with the consequence of female genital mutilation (FGM). The practice of FGM  is over a 2000 year old cultural tradition, which requires the cutting or the removal of the external genitals. FGM is mostly carried out on young girls between infancy

15 January 2013

What does progress look like for today's global female community?

Guest blog by Vivien Cohen, 28 Too Many Volunteer. In the fight for global female equality, it often seems that women have been doomed from the start. Blamed for original sin, we were responsible for all the ills in the world. In most religions in fact, women do not come across particularly favourably and, considering that for millennia it is organised religion which has

8 January 2013

What was your New Year's resolution? We have much to be grateful for in 2012 and are looking forward to even more in 2013.

2012 has been a busy and productive year with regard to the movement towards ending FGM. The UN annual report released on 6th of February demonstrated that the cultural trend toward FGM is in fact decreasing.The report stated that since 2011 around 2,000 communities in Africa have abandoned FGM, while Kenya (through the passing of

18 December 2012

What lessons can we learn from FGM practice in Tanzania?

Blog from our Research Co-ordinator, recently back from Tanzania. Following from our previous blog about FGM in Tanzania, we continue with a blog from Singida and Dodoma in Central Tanzania by our Research Co-ordinator, who recently undertook a research project in the country for Tearfund. In Central Tanzania, we found a very different picture to Mara Region in North West Tanzania (see last blog

10 December 2012

What impact can the 16 Days of Activism to End Violence Against Women make?

Guest blog from Laura McKeever, 28 Too Many Volunteer. From the International Day of Violence Against Women on November 25th, to International Human Rights Day on December 10th, the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence takes place. Since 1991, over 4,100 organisations have taken part in the campaign to end violence against women, placing emphasis on ending violence everywhere, including the home

4 December 2012

Why we 'should' think about FGM even if we've never had to

Guest blog by Farhanah Mamoojee. Girls like me are pretty lucky. We never had to worry about Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). In fact, the concept is perhaps so alien to us that we have never really had to even think about it. But just because we are lucky enough to have never had to think about it, it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t think about it.

27 November 2012

Why Do We Need an International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women?

Blog by Ann-Marie Wilson. We are delighted to share our blog on the Huffington Post to celebrate the 16 Days of Activism beginning with the International Day of Elimination of Violence Against Women (25th November) and ending with The Human Rights Day (10th December).  Follow our daily posts on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with our activities and news.  

20 November 2012

How are we working together in the fight against FGM? Tareto Maa meets 28 Too Many: a personal journey.

Guest blog by Helen Marshall, Tareto Maa. I don’t remember exactly when I first became concerned about the subject of FGM but it was one of those moments when something so hard hits you, you can’t get it out of your mind. Learning about a girl being cut and left in pain, sometimes to bleed and die was something so shocking to

13 November 2012

What has 28 Too Many been up to? A summary of the last three months news!

Blog by Ann-Marie, Executive Director. An Olympic Summer! During a hot sunny week of camping at a Conference in Somerset, with main morning and evening talks attracting over 5000 attendees, I spent time in seminars on pioneering, advocacy, leadership & Tearfund’s work.  These were interspersed with a few art workshops and a healthy dose of communal BBQs!  A New Wine

6 November 2012

What's happening in advance of the cutting season in Tanzania?

Guest blog from Tanzania by our Research Co-Ordinator. We are shortly approaching the December cutting season in Tanzania.  Our Research Co-Ordinator has just returned from Tanzania, undertaking some research on behalf of Tearfund, and these are her initial findings: “We visited the remote Rorya District in the Mara region in North West Tanzania, near the shores of Lake Victoria. Although within the country

30 October 2012

What power has the use of language in the FGM debate?

Guest blog by Vivien Cohen, 28 Too Many Volunteer. There are many euphemisms in the English language. People don’t die, they ‘pass away’. My grandma never went to the toilet; she ‘went to spend a penny’. Our society has a long and rich history of euphemising when we find a topic unseemly, reprehensible, embarrassing or difficult to confront.  It seems to me then that

23 October 2012

Guest Blog from Lisa Glass, Member of South London Fawcett Group.

Guest Blog from Lisa Glass, Member of South London Fawcett Group. I recently went to a South London Fawcett Group meeting, where Ann-Marie Wilson, Founder/Director of 28 Too Many spoke about the work of her charity. With a background in corporate HR, she went in 2005 to West Darfur to do some aid work, where she first came across the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM),

16 October 2012

Celebrating anti-FGM progress in rural Uganda.

Blog by Kelly Denise, Uganda In-Country Researcher. When Ann-Marie first started looking at getting involved in anti-FGM work in 2005, she bought a book edited by Comfort Momoh ‘Female Genital Mutilation’.  There it stated FGM inUganda at 5% (1995/6).  We are pleased to report in 2012, it has fallen to 1% (UNFPA).  In this blog, Kelly shares her experience in Uganda: My

9 October 2012

28 Too Many in the media

We have enjoyed great coverage over the last few months, spreading our message about the fight to eradicate FGM.  Hear Ann-Marie’s interview with Voice of Russia about charities helping to end FGM, here 28 Too Many was also quoted in an article featured in the Church Times calling for an end of FGM.  Ann-Marie was

2 October 2012

How do we have the right to get involved in African cultural practices such as FGM...because FGM sits alongside the human right to health.

Charlotte is a recent graduate from UCL in French and Philosophy. Her studies have had a particular focus on current ethics debates in health in UK and global health. Studying French along side this she became interested in the culture of Francophone Africa which makes up a large part of North and West Africa. FGM

25 September 2012

Why do people harm those they love and how does the survivor move on to be an inspiring leader?

In the spring, I attended a 5 day leadership course run by CMS . Out of all the development I have undertaken over the years, this was the best course I have attended – enabling me to reflect on my 3 decades of leading (in corporate life; my own business and a charity). I sometimes see them as the ‘3 peaks’ I have scaled – as I continue to balance the opportunities and challenges of anti-FGM work in running 28 Too Many.

18 September 2012

28 too Many over the last few months!

28 Too Many takes off! April began with us talking to medical personnel in Haringey, for Choices, who run crisis pregnancy advice and wanted their staff to be better prepared regarding FGM.  We also attended further training on DASH (Domestic, Abuse, Stalking, Harassment & Honour Based Violence Risk Assessment) dealing with FMG cases.  As a

11 September 2012

What will you take away from the Olympics/Paralympics Summer?

From the Danny Boyle Olympics Opening Ceremony to the 100th medal of the Paralympics; with numerous new world records to the spirit of the London 2012 Games Maker.  Here we share with you a few stories from our own 28 Too Many Team who took an ‘alternate’ volunteering holiday to make this a Games to

4 September 2012

'Why does it happen?'

Guest blog by Olivia Jackson, currently completing her MA. I am constantly asking ‘why does FGM happen?’.  The answers are as diverse as the practice, which occurs in 28 countries in Africa, across some of India/Pakistan; Malaysia/Indonesia, South Africa and in all countries where FGM practising communities migrate includingUSA,Canada, Europe and theUK.   As with this article’s title, it is sometimes believed to be that

28 August 2012

Guest Blog from Laura McKeever, 28 Too Many Volunteer

Until earlier this year, I had not heard of FGM, but I had heard of ‘female circumcision’. The words ‘female circumcision’ had led me to believe that there were some communities around the world that performed a female version of circumcision that many of us are familiar with in the west. I assumed that it

21 August 2012

Guest blog by 28 Too Many's Regional Co-Ordinator East Africa, Kelly Denise

I recently have returned to Uganda following an 8 day trip to theUK to visit 28 Too Many. The purpose of my time there was to build relationships with the staff and volunteers as well as get a deeper idea of the vision of the charity to help me develop my role with them. Intermixed

31 July 2012

Freedom from fistula? First abandon FGM!

As soon as I landed in Pakistan in 2010, the cultures struck me.  People with long salwahkameez or pashtun hats, were mixed with business suites and Bedouin style dress, evident event at the airport.  I travelled by Landrover towards theKashmir border – the best part of a day’s ride away – after picking up essential

20 July 2012

Our 'hot of the press contribution' to the FGM academic world

We  thought you might like to know that Ann-Marie’s paper entitled ‘Can lessons be learnt from eradicating footbinding in China and applied to abandoning female genital mutilation in Somalia? A critical evaluation of the possibilities offered for developing strategies to expand current promising practice’ has been published by the Journal of Gender Studies.  It is

10 July 2012

The day that changed my life direction

Fatima greeted me as I entered the clinic. It was another dusty 40°C day. Even though I had been inWest Darfur and heard details of many atrocities there, I was chilled to the bone as I listened to her story. At ten years old she was raped by the Janjiweed, the armed horseback militia.

29 June 2012

Once upon a time...how can telling a story make enough impact to cause positive change? Is the cost too high for the story teller?

I grew up hearing stories from my grandmother and next door neighbour, Aunty Bunny, who taught me many of the key lessons in life – about values and what was important in life; priorities and key decisions; love and gender roles. My father also make up amazing multi-part stories to entertain me on weekend mornings whilst my mother had a lie in

19 June 2012

Guest blog by Kezia Bianca, YWCA Kenya.

I recently had the opportunity to speak on the work of 28 Too Many in helping end FGM across Africa, as a representative at the We Will Speak Out (WWSO) consortium in Geneva.  This privilege came as part of the support given by the Inspired Individual Scheme run by Tearfund, that I was successfully nominated

8 June 2012

Liberia & Sierra Leone

Blog by our In-Country Researcher. FGM is a topical issue in Liberia at the moment. The government was recently forced to take a public position on the matter, with Liberian officials declaring they want to stop FGM. This followed the publication by a journalist of an article exposing FGM which made her the target of threats, sparking international controversy

1 June 2012

Belfast Medics run 26 miles for 28 Too Many!

Be inspired you to see what can be done as you read below about what a team of 5 Obstetric & Gynaecology Doctors (ranging from age 27-56) from Causeway Hospital in Coleraine, Northern Ireland achieved when running the Belfast Marathon Relay on 7th May 2012.

25 May 2012

How do we keep our children safe in a multi-cultural society? Ann-Marie Wilson, Founder/Director

In the light of the recent front page article in the Sunday Times on 22nd April that have have led to a couple of arrests for offering FGM services in the UK, how do we keep our children safe from cultural traditional practices that cause harm under human rights legislation, whilst preserving cultural heritage? 28 Too Many was

11 May 2012

Want to make a difference? Talking about FGM is a good place to start.

A Blog by Louise Robertston, 28 Too Many's New Operations Co-Ordinator

1 May 2012

How has 28 Too Many taken to the streets?

Two special dates came up in our calendar in February and March – anti-FGM Day (6th February) and International Women’s Day (8th March). Each are full of key events, and for us, anti-FGM Day was marked by two Women’s Hour broadcasts on FGM in Senegal and Egypt. We attended a conference at the Royal College

18 March 2012

What difference do 'special days' like Anti-FGM (6th Feb) and International Women's Day (8th March) make?

The empowerment of women & girls has risen up the development agenda this decade, backed by powerful financial institutions with CSR policies; the philanthropic departments of major organisations (Vodafone and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundations) and influential donors (USAID & DfID). What hope have we that this overlooked group will fulfil its potential? On the

7 February 2012

What will you be doing on 6th February?

As we mark anti-FGM Day (6th February) with attending a conference at the Royal College of Obstrectics & Gynaecologists, a reception at Westminster and an event with Sister Fa, we reflect on the last 3 months of 28TooMany activities, read on……! Journey to help change traditional practices At the end my Conference in Kenya, I

20 January 2012

Harnessing creativity - when can the arts change hearts and minds on controversial topics?

This month I attended Mike Leigh’s play ‘Grief’ – where a 1950’s war widow ‘survives’ through smoking and alcohol; her brother becomes depressed upon ‘retirement’ after 45 years of work and the 16 year old daughter commits suicide upon failing her exams with no hope for the future

6 January 2012

What has led to young girls seeking a 'designer vagina'? What's it got to do with FGM? What would you do if your daughter had asked for one for Christmas?

As many of us recover from over spending or over indulgence, spare a thought for young women influenced by the porn industry’s influence on ‘male’ desires of beauty, to seek vaginal cosmetic surgery. Labiaplasty is on the increase, rising by 70% from 2007-8 on the NHS, as confirmed by conversations with a couple of gynaecologists I recently met at a conference. The under 18 girls had researched well their mental health ‘trauma’ at having slightly unequal labia, so presented as needing surgery. Despite the fact we all have different feet, hands and breasts, there is an increase in the need for portrayed perfection, as girls are increasingly under pressure to shave their pubic areas – and so notice or are told their two labia are different sizes. It is ironic that in some of the 28 African countries that still practice FGM, labia are pulled to elongate – which is classed as Type IV

16 December 2011

Falling between the cracks

As I know from working in Barnet, the borough is diverse – 33% of the population coming from the black and minority ethnic population, placing it 16th rank position in London. At the first anti-FGM meeting we held in Barnet recently under Safeguarding Month, 26 professionals attended to hear speakers from 28TooMany, Imkaan and FORWARD, sharing about FGM. Yet, why do women still fall through the cracks?

25 November 2011

What is the 16 Days of Activism Campaign?

It’s an annual global campaign taking place from 25th November – 10th December, aiming to raise awareness around gender based violence (GBV). It begins on International Day For the Elimination of Violence Against Women (25th November) and ends on International Human Rights Day (10th December), symbolically linking violence against women (VAW) as a violation against human rights

4 November 2011

Are we silent to violence around us?

‘We’re perpetrators. We allowed this to happen’, said a Bishop form the Democratic Republic of Congo at the launch of the Silent No More Report (WB1). This response recognised The Church, by its silence, has been complicit in allowing sexual violence to go unaddressed

14 October 2011

How can we support Kenyan communities to abandon the knife - ending FGM?

As I travel to Kenya, my head is full of images and stories of girls undergoing FGM. How can meetings I’ve had recently with MPs and NGOs in London, and plan to hold in Nairobi, end this practice

23 September 2011

How can 'change' be made when the challenges seem insurmountable?

This is what I am often asked as I take a stance against FGM, a practice that’s been around for 2000 years. Yet when you read the poem at the end of this - produced with ‘Fouzia’s’ permission, a young woman admitted to hospital for FGM complications – how can one not act?

2 September 2011

What do other faiths say about FGM?

This was one of my questions when I studied cross-cultural studies. I knew there as not mention of it in the Bible, but what do faiths say on the subject? Here are some statements made from the three main monotheist religions about their views on

15 August 2011

Where is there help for those who suffer FGM in the UK?

For girls that suffer FGM, it is a very traumatic event, as often these girls do not know what is going to happen to them. Their heads are filled with promises of wonderful gifts and becoming a woman, but what they receive instead is a life full of pain and suffering which is more than physical.

22 July 2011

What are children’s aspirations today? How do they differ for child brides?

‘When I grow up I want to be…’. How often are these eight mortal words spoken from the mouths of babes? My early aspirations included being a surgeon(!), a physio and then a teacher…so how did I become a banker at age 16?! So what do child brides aspire to

8 July 2011

When are cultural practices against the needs of an individual?

TRUE OR FALSE? 1) A woman accepts her exile saying ‘If they say I’m a witch, then I must be’. 2) Are children selected for ritual killings for being left handed, geniuses or dyslexic? 3) Do Cameroonian girls have their pubescent beasts ‘ironed’ to attempt to help them disappear? 4) Are oath rituals are used to coerce children into trafficking? Read on for the answers and explanations

24 June 2011

That only happens in Africa doesn't it? Not so! Prepare for the summer cutting season in the UK.

Accordingly to Mukami McCrum, FGM is a “violation so intrusive and personal that many people adopt a culture of silence as it is humiliating and embarrassing to talk about”. Due to migration, FGM is not restricted to African geographical or political boundaries. Find out about its presence in the UK below

10 June 2011

How can the power of art change hearts and minds against FGM?

What can a Senegalese urban soul and hip-hop star do to help end FGM? Or groups of Women quilting or embroiding images of female genitalia do to raise awareness of FGM? See how art can change hearts and minds when articles and headlines no longer impact us in our over trauma/stimulated world…

20 May 2011

Why will most of sub-Saharan Africa not achieve the Millenium Development Goals?

With globalisation and the spread of human mobility, health concerns of developed and less developed countries have become interdependent. Just as SARS brought Hong Kong to its knees in 2003, what impact has failing maternal health on our future

6 May 2011

'Alternative' postcard from Kenya

What lies beneath a beautiful country? What are your thoughts on Kenya? A wildlife safari? Idyllic beaches? Smiles and great coffee? Having been there ten times since 2001, I’ve had the privilege to peek below the surface. Read on if you’re open to widen your views!

19 April 2011

The power of the media; who cares?

This month I have been busy promoting the cause! I have contributed to a fistula best practice guide; an article on FGM in Mali and Djibouti; an online news journal (as the FGM Co-ordinator leaves government) and two radio broadcasts – one for Premier Radio and the other for Talking Books for the Blind. See

25 March 2011

Does the West have a place in changing a principally African traditional practice?

How do you answer these questions: Can FGM end in a generation – after 1000 years of embedded practice? What does it take to campaign for 10 years to change a traditional practice? Can lessons in Ethiopia be transferred elsewhere? Can we in the West contribute to change in Africa? Read on…!

11 March 2011

'A Million Women Rise' Does a large number of followers make people stand up and take note - or does it just pass us by? Do statistics, facts, and figures empower and engage or number us in our media

I recently visited the Museum of London with a friend, and amongst other things followed London’s history from Saxon villages to 2010 metropolis! Somewhere on that eclectic journey, I learnt more about the Suffragette movement and just what those women sacrificed to make a difference. In celebration of 100 years of International Women’s Day, I

22 February 2011

What purpose do commemorative days hold for us? Time to raise awareness and celebrate past successes or a guilt trip by activists?

With over 130 commemorative days, International Day of Zero Tolerance to FGM (6th February) falls between Family Literacy and Valentine’s Day! FGM has been illegal since the FGM Act 2003, yet it has done little to change the reality for 24,000 UK girls under 15 who are at risk. We have seen laws are not enough. So what next

8 February 2011

How long does it take to change cultural practice? Should social norms continue if they cause harm?

As I set at FORWARD’s office in Chandelier Building, Scrubbs Lane, I recall being in Northern Pakistan this time last year. The 200 woollen hats knitted by my church for the new borns arrived this week - much needed in these winter days with no electricity. Although only performed in certain tribes in Pakistan, WHO states FGM increases the risk of child birth complications, Caesareans and causes 50% higher infant death rates. So can we change this practice

21 January 2011

Peace in Africa. Can individuals hope to make a difference?

As we venture into 2011, with our personal and global hopes of a peaceful referendum in Sudan; the drying up of tidal waters in Australia; eradicating FGM or the end of the worst UK winter for 100 years, I reflect on a hope set for 2010 ‘Make Peace Happen’ – set by the African Union for last year. Does setting a vision or goal make a difference? Did anything change? Can we be hopeful for

7 January 2011

The role of the change agent - Is it consultancy or a calling? How can leaders keep their skills honed?

Having worked in five and visited three other countries last year, I was aware of the need for quick adjustment to cultural fit! I recently attended People in Aid Forum/AGM. Plan International, working in the Philippines Floods seeks five qualities in their disaster workers: inspiring/having confidence; agility; good communication and being results-driven. How can we all keep our skills up to date in changing times

21 December 2010

Child marriage or something more sinister? How can we say 'No' to the terrible issues happening around us?

One of my recent roles at FORWARD has been to help promote a film screening of Moolaade, a film set in Burkina Faso where four girls fled to escape FGM. Ousmane Sembene’s powerful film challenges gender inequality, domestic violence, forced marriage and FGM. So how do we not become sensitised to these terrible ordeals

7 December 2010

What place do special events have in highlighting disease and trauma?

80 landmarks, including the London Eye, Empire State Building, Table Mountain and Sydney's Opera House turned red on 1st December to mark World Aids Day. 2010 focussed on ending mother-to-child transmission by 2015 - as 200,000 infected children will die by age two. With December being a month of special seasonal events, do they change hearts and mind to make a difference?

30 November 2010

How can international lobbying the UN have a place in tackling tough issues?

I recently had a meeting at FORWARD with UNIFEM, the UN's women's issues department. In the UK, they spend time leading school assemblies and education awareness days to help combat FGM in the UK. With a month of internatinal travel myself, I consdered how can lobbying internatinoally raise awareness of key issues?

23 November 2010

Beauty and poverty - How can art make these topics palatable?

When I was invited to view the Methodist Church's collection of modern Christian Art - billed as the 'greatest collection outside the Vatican' - I could hardly refuse! In the same month, I went to a packed evening of digital art and photography - 'Woman - Who's Canvas?' - in Brick Lane hosted by FORWARD. These got me thinking about how art and theatre can change minds on issues such as diversity, beauty and poverty.

19 October 2010

Have history and geography set the scene for the cutting culture?

After 5 years of studying anthropology, gender, development and Islamics, I still feel I'm only just beginning to understand how all of these aspects go into the melting pot of tradition. Girls are expected to have FGM to preserve their chastity and family honour - but why?

5 October 2010

FGM: sadly happening in a neighbourhood near you

Positively, there's been a recent flurry of media coverage for this human rights violation - giving a voice for the 7000 girls at risk and 66,000 who have had FGM in the UK. Let's learn from their plight and end FGM now

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