“Cutting Season” 2023

Give the Gift of Safety: Ending FGM During the Holidays


Girls at the Galkayo Center (GECPD), Somalia  

While the holidays are a festive time for many, it’s crucial to recognize that in countries like Burkina Faso, the Gambia, Kenya, Sierra Leone, and Somalia, this time marks the distressing “cutting season” for countless girls due to prevalent practices in Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). As we celebrate with friends and family, let’s also come together to confront the alarming rise in FGM cases that urgently need attention.

In Kenya, girls are at an increased risk during the two-month school holiday period from November 25, 2023, to January 23, 2024. This extended break provides a window for FGM to occur without scrutiny from teachers and school administrators, marking a distressing trend observed during many school holidays.


Young women at the Tasaru Ntomonok Initiative (TNI), Kenya

Our Efua Dorkenoo Fund to End Female Genital Mutilation currently supports grantees in these countries, working tirelessly to combat FGM, guided by Efua Dorkenoo's wisdom: "Rather than righteous indignation, what is urgently needed is understanding the problem and practical support to change it."

As we come together in the spirit of the holidays, let's extend our compassion to protect these young girls. Your donation can make a significant impact in eradicating FGM, empowering communities, and ensuring the rights of these girls are safeguarded during what should be a joyful time of the year.

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