13th February 2019
The blue Zero Tolerance Ribbon marks International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM. The shape of the ribbon symbolises the word for "NO" in Arabic.
This year on International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM, Doctors at Cairo hospitals pinned the blue ribbon badges to the blankets of newborn baby girls to "say no to female genital mutilation." Parents were asked to sign a pledge that they will not have their daughters cut.
Egypt has the greatest number of women and girls who have experienced FGM of any country in the world (28 Too Many - read their Country Profile on Egypt).
Although FGM was banned in Egypt in 2008 and criminalized in 2016, the practice persists, with most procedures now carried out by health professionals. Read 28 Too Many's report on The Medicalisation of FGM).
Oxford Against Cutting has joined 28 Too Many and activists in Egypt to stand together against ALL forms of FGM, including FGM carried out by medics! On this year’s International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM, activists, community leaders and teachers all wore the zero tolerance ribbon, saying NO to FGM.
13th December 2018
Oxford Against Cutting, Oxfordshire Sexual Abuse and Rape Crisis Centre and The Sunrise Multicultural Project have started working together on a collaborative project with specialist focus on issues of sexual violence in BAMER (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and Refugee) communities. Find out more here.
23rd November 2018
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