An exhibition raising awareness of FGM is set to tour Waltham Forest.
London women Hibo Wardere, Leyla Hussein and Alimatu Dimonekene, were painted by artist Emma Scutt.
The exhibition is to raise awareness and campaign to end Female Genital Mutilation.
Ms Scutt also interviewed each of them and wrote their stories to display alongside the paintings.
She said: “These inspiring women are survivors, not victims.
Author: Douglas Patient
You've never seen a sports team like this one.
Dotted across a dusty rectangle of dirt in the Kenyan savanna, bare-chested Maasai men in traditional clothing — plaid red fabrics and colorful accessories made of feathers and beads — are playing a sport known for its stiff whites: cricket.
But winning isn't the team's No. 1 goal. It's putting the practice of female genital mutilation, which has affected girls as young as six in the community, into a permanent time-out.
Author: Malaka Gharib
Last year I wrote my experience of female genital mutilation as a child (commonly referred to as khatna within the Bohra community). The experience of just penning down in detail the suppressed memory of a dark and sordid ritual was cathartic.
At the time of writing, however, Iwas filled with despondency. The trauma I had felt forty years ago still existed. Many young Bohra women I had spoken to told me they had their daughters cicumcised/cut because the elders in the community had pressured them to do so.
Author: Masooma Ranalvi
Female circumcision, also known as Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is said to be on the rise in the Twah River Administrative District in Nimba County. One of the most populated districts in Nimba County, Twah River is situated around the border with Ivory Coast.
According to Radio Voice of Karn in Karnplay City, about 20 school going girls have been conscripted in the town called Sloo Yoolah and taken into the Sande bush.
Author: Ishmael F. Menkor
Gender equality and sustainable development go hand in hand. Empowered women, having access to education, health services and work not only stand up for their basic human rights, but they also have a critical role to play towards growth and poverty reduction.
It is estimated that empowering women would, among other things, increase global GDP by nearly 12 per cent by 2030 (an increase of $8.2 trillion USD).
Author: Andria Antoniadou