Help End FGM and Child Marriage

Pauline was only 10 years old when she was ‘cut’, a term often used to describe the practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) on young girls.

“I did not even know which part of the body was cut”, she tells us.

When she was 12, Pauline was forced to marry a man old enough to be her father. The next year, at just 13, she became pregnant. She now has a little baby girl to look after and is trapped in a cycle of poverty.

Unfortunately, Pauline’s story is not alone. Right now, the U.N predicts that an additional 2 million girls are at risk of undergoing Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in the next decade as school closures continue amid Covid-19 restrictions and girls are at home.

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Help vulnerable girls escape FGM and Child Marriage

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€26 is all it costs to bring a girl fleeing mutilation into the protection of a safe house for a month

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€52 is the cost of providing food, protection, and education for a girl at a safe house for a whole month

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€78 is a small cost to protect and educate a vulnerable child at the safe house for an entire school term

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How ActionAid is helping fight against FGM and Child Marriage

FGM and child marriage are internationally recognised as gross violations of human rights and a form of gender-based violence. These abuses rob girls of their childhood, of their choices, and of their futures.

You have the power to change the life of a girl facing this nightmare…

As well as working with local groups to tackle the root causes of FGM and Child Marriage, ActionAid is providing safe houses for at-risk girls. These houses are safe sanctuaries for desperate children fleeing FGM and forced marriage. Places filled with hope and opportunity, where girls like Pauline, Abigail and Purity can go to school.

Your urgent gift could help bring a vulnerable girl, like Pauline, into the safety and sanctuary of an ActionAid supported safe house, where girls can build their own future, and have control over their own lives.

Will you give a gift today to help a child like Pauline escape FGM and forced marriage?

Photo credits:

#1 Abigal (14) (Credit: ActionAid/Kenya)

#2 Pauline (Credit: ActionAid/Kenya)

#3 Abigal and Purity can now go to school and make friends! (Credit:ActionAid/Kenya)

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