Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Youths and #FGM


Currently in this world we have the most youthful generation than there has ever been. It’s also evident that there is increased activities geared towards ending FGM than there has ever been. Informed youths is the best resource that any country can have at their disposal and the vice versa is true. Remember youths and adolescents stand to benefit most by the achievement of SDGs than any other generation.

To achieve the generational change that, we so much yearn for in the fight against FGM we cannot afford to ignore the youthful generation and especially men. Remember most if not all reasons for FGM point directly or indirectly at increasing marriageability. Aha, who are the potential future husbands? Over years we have focused on enlightening women and girls on matters FGM, could this have led to the notion that FGM is a women’s issue? Is this leading to stereotyping on maters FGM? How do we avert this dangerous trend? 
  
We need to target the young men, especially adolescents who have not yet undergone initiation into adulthood in our campaigns going forward. Why is this important? In most African cultures the youths get initiated into adulthood at the point of circumcision. Here they are taught on the types of women that they need to look for as potential spouses. They are also brainwashed on matters FGM at this point. We need to ensure by the time the boys are being initiated they are already well informed on matters FGM and they can easily make informed decisions afterwards.

Social media is one of the main tools that can be used to spark conversation among the youths as they remain the majority users. Online campaigns should be tailored to be attractive and user friendly to the youthful generation. This can only be achieved if we change/adopt our strategies to the changing times 

@TonyMwebia



Monday, 12 June 2017

#200MIsNotJustaNumber




200 Million women and girls alive today have undergone female genital mutilation! Well numbers don’t lie, but this figure has been boggling my mind for a while now. Is it just a statistic or what does it actually represent? How many more? till we give FGM the attention it really deserves. 

In my view this number represents women and girls who were born perfect but have been sentenced to a lifetime of misery by being mutilated. It represents dreams killed, emotional and physical suffering and a gross violation of basic human rights. It represents our sisters, cousins, friends, girlfriends and people close to us who have been subjected to torture in the name of culture.

Remember 3 Million more girls are at risk of undergoing FGM every year and don’t forget this practice has no medical benefits whatsoever, but the suffering it comes with can only be described as a trip to ‘hell’ and back. These figures should act as a wake-up call for collaborations between regions, religions, organisations, nations, communities, activists and all humanity to say enough is enough and no other girl will become a statistic.

Currently we have more efforts to address FGM than there has ever been in the history of mankind. Youths who are the ultimate beneficiaries of SDGs are taking up the mantle. The fight has been taken online and offline. More men are joining the fight and finally there seems to be some light at the end of the tunnel. Let’s keep the fire burning and remember the little you do counts no matter how insignificant it may seem. 

@TonyMwebia