Grange Soroptimists make bracelets for Grange midwife Cath Holland who is pivotal in eradicating FGM ( Female Genital Mutilation) in Pokot in Kenya. She founded a charity Beyond FGM https://www.beyondfgm.com/ and works with others to prevent FGM.
Cath spoke about FGM and her work at the NW Soroptimists Regional meeting and was presented with bracelets by Grange and Lancaster Soroptimists.
The bracelets are given to the girls at their alternative Rite of Passage ceremony.
WHAT IS FGM?
Female genital mutilation (FGM) comprises all procedures that involve partial or total removal of the external female genitalia, including the clitoris and labia, or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons.
The harmful effects of FGM can include haemorrhage, shock, sepsis, psychological trauma and even death.
The practice is mostly carried out by traditional circumcisers, who often play other central roles in communities, such as attending childbirths. Increasingly, however, FGM is being performed by health care providers.
An estimated 100 to 140 million girls and women worldwide are currently living with the consequences of FGM. (World Health Organisation figures)
A useful FGM fact sheet produced by the UN https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/female-genital-mutilation
This is continuation of work started by the club in 2012 Supporting our local midwife in her quest to end Female Genital Multilation
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