Hi, friends. As a new board member, I am participating in the 6th Walk to End FGM (Female Genital Mutilation), a sponsored 5k walk in Washington, D.C., at noon on Oct. 19. FGM is a harmful non-religious, cultural practice in which part or all external female genitalia are removed. It's dangerous and physically and emotionally harmful. Many girls die from FGM, and 85% of maternal and infant mortality in Africa is the result of FGM.
FGM is common in various countries throughout the world but is also forced upon girls who live in the United States. I became interested in stopping this practice because it affects so many girls in my own community and more than 70,000 in the D.C. Metro area. I want to save them from the harm and trauma of FGM.
Money raised from this event will be used to support a girls' scholarship in three practicing countries (education is a key way to help prevent the continuation of FGM), as well as relief, resettlement, and mental and physical rehabilitation for survivors of FGM and those at risk.
Please help by sponsoring me. Every little bit helps. Thanks in advance for your support!