FGM is #MyIssueToo
The APGPD hosted the Australian premiere screening of the documentary 'In the Name of Your Daughter' as part of International Day for Zero Tolerance for FGM (6 February every year) activities. The film explores the issue of FGM during the 'cutting season' in Northern Tanzania.
Parents have no right to cut their daughters. They only have the right to educate them and help them to fulfill their dreams - Janet (13)
Prior to the screening we had a brief discussion with Claire Vissenga, CEO of Family Planning Victoria. Working with all states and territories, and with Commonwealth funding, FPV have developed a resource kit for service providers on FGM in Australia.
6 February is the day identified by the United Nations to enhance awareness raising campaigns and to take concrete actions against female genital mutilations.
Over 200 million girls and women alive today have experienced FGM.
In 2015, an estimated 3.9 million girls were cut.
In 25 countries where FGM is routinely practiced and data is available, an estimated 68 million girls will be cut in the fifteen years to 2030 unless concerted and accelerated action is taken.
FGM can cause severe bleeding and health issues including cysts, infections, infertility as well as complications in childbirth.