Zero Tolerance to FGM

Posted by Francesca Rutherford on Tuesday 6th February 2018


Today is the International Day of Zero Tolerance to FGM, a cause close to our hearts. Please join us in our mission to end female cutting in Ethiopia.

A little while ago we told you about Faatuma Ismael, from Kori in the Afar region of Ethiopia, a former FGM practitioner. When she received training from our trusted partner the Afar Pastoralist Development Association (APDA), she decided to dedicate herself to ending FGM.

Ethiopiaid continues to support APDA and Faatuma in their work but there is still work to be done…


10 Reasons to show Zero Tolerance to FGM


1. FGM is an immensely painful, illegal practice.

2. In Faatuma’s region up to 91.2% of girls are living with FGM (UNICEF, 2016).

3. Women living with FGM often suffer throughout their lives – it can have a lasting effect on their maternal health.

4. Girls have to experience psychological trauma during the cutting process (UNICEF, 2005).

5. Progress is already being made – Ethiopia showed a reduction of 5.6% in FGM prevalence over five years (28 Too Many, 2013).

6. FGM is not a religious practice – education can help communities understand this.

7. Educating just 5 generations, could eradicate FGM (28 Too Many, 2013).

8. Fighting against FGM works towards 6 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

9. People like Faatuma are educating their friends and daughters about FGM.

10. It costs just £40 to train an extension worker to protect more girls in Ethiopia from this harmful practice.


If you would like to support our partner APDA in eliminating FGM in Ethiopia, please click here to donate.


Join us in showing #zerotolerance and giving a new generation of girls the chance of a very different life – a life free from FGM.

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