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Changing parents' views on Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) | by DFID - UK Department for International Development
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Changing parents' views on Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C)

Esther was 8-years-old when she was cut. She had to spend a month away from home while she recovered. She had little to eat and hated being separated from her mum.

 

“We circumcised our girls because we loved them,” says her mother. “It would have been difficult for them to marry if they weren’t cut.”

 

But thanks to peer education training from UK aid supported Gascode, Esther’s village have now abandoned female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C).

 

“I would never cut my daughters now I know the consequences,” says Esther’s mum.

 

The UK is working to reduce the practice of FGM/C by 30% in at least 10 countries in Africa in the next 5 years. Find out more about our work: bit.ly/1krV9Qk

 

Take a stand. Pledge to end FGM, child marriage and forced marriage now: www.girlsummitpledge.com/

 

(Names have been changed)

 

Picture: Jessica Lea/DFID

 

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Taken in January 2014