EXHIBITION INVITATION ON VISUAL MEMORIES OF AFRICAN WOMEN AND GIRLS ON FGM (FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION)
25 September 2020 - @Kuumba
As a women’s organization, Maisha e.V. sees FGM as a Human Rights Violation. FGM impacts on a Girl Child/ woman’s life in a traumatic manner, often with long-term consequences. Despite the laws against FGM in Europe, people still practice FGM. This Exhibition highlights the trauma of FGM through the eyes and experiences of young Women & Girls, as FGM survivors. According to the World Health Organization, every year an estimated number of three million girls and women are at risk of this harmful tradition of Female Genital Mutilation/ Cutting (FGM/C). Nearly 140 million women and girls suffer from its severe and long-lasting health consequences. FGM/C is mainly practiced in sub-Saharan Africa and Egypt, but also in some Arabic and Asian Countries as well as the Middle East and South America. This practice is one of the cruelest forms of violence that violates the basic human right of many Girls and Women worldwide, therefore it is Maisha e.V.’s Commitment to work with African Communities by providing information and assisting in the prevention on FGM.
Being the Director of Maisha e.V.-African Women in Germany and Coordinator of this Project, I am particularly pleased and would like to thank all the young Maisha Women and Girls who worked together and shared their own personal FGM experiences through expressing their own feelings through their Voices and African Items for this Exhibition.
Virginia Wangare Greiner
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