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8 African Women against the Practice of Female Genital Mutilation

By Miracle Nwankwo The practice of female genital mutilation is a common tradition is some parts of the world. “Although primarily concentrated in 30 countries in Africa and the Middle East, female genital mutilation is a universal problem and is also practiced in some countries in Asia and Latin America. Female genital mutilation continues to persist amongst immigrant populations living in Western Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand,” the United Nations says. Female genital mutilation (FGM) also known as female genital cutting or female circumcision is the procedure of altering or injuring the female genitalia for non-medical reasons and this practice is globally recognized as a violation of the human rights, the health and the integrity of girls and women. The fight against FGM is to protect women and girls from the short-term and long-term complications of this practice, because we believe that no human deserve to be meted such…

Frustration and hope got me into Philanthropy

By Kembet Bolton Kagwiria is feminist activist and a storyteller based in Nairobi, Kenya and the incoming Director of ‘’With and For Girls Collective’’ which gives $3m in flexible awards and an additional $1 million in leveraged funds to grassroots, girl-led and girl-centred organizations. Kagwiria said frustration and hope got her into philanthropy. “I was frustrated that many young women’s initiatives rarely got funding due to lack of a track record in receiving and managing grants and lack of someone to second the young women for grants,” she said. The ‘’With and For Girls Collective (WFGC)’’ is a group of organizations that share the common belief that girls are vital agents of change. The ‘’With and For Girls Award’’ launched in 2014 and is convened by the U.K based Stars Foundation which collaboratively works alongside eight other strategic partners: MamaCash, Comic Relief, EMpower, FRIDA-The Young Feminist Fund, NoVo Foundation, Nike…