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

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