Join with Avaaz and support the women of Somalia

 

What’s happening?

200 million women and girls in 30 countries across the world have undergone female genital mutilation (FGM). FGM is the deliberate mutilation of female genitalia. This is often the removal or cutting of the labia and clitoris. The World Health Organization (WHO) describes FGM as any procedure that injures the female genital organs for non-medical reasons. The WHO states that there are no health benefits to FGM – removing and damaging healthy female genital tissue interferes with the natural function of women and girls’ bodies. The health consequences can be high-risk and vary from immediate problems to long-term, damaging effects. In Somalia, where an astounding 98% of girls are cut, the Minister for Women is developing a ban right now. Local experts say that a global wave of support for nationwide zero tolerance could help win an outright ban on this cruel practice in weeks!

Avaaz’s efforts

When Avaaz staff delivered our petition to Somalia’s Prime Minister, the Minister of Women and Human Rights and the Minister of Foreign Affairs – they all joined us by signing it! The ban still needs to be passed by the parliament. Puntland, in northeast Somalia, just proposed a full ban, and there is precedent of the central government adopting their progressive legislation. If enough of us praise these bold leaders for taking a stand for girls now, we can bolster their initiatives, and help push through a law in this next Parliament.

Supporting Avaaz

The Wishing Well was established in 2010 to offer children in out-of-home care, such as foster care and residential care, a range of healing and treatment options usually not accessible as a free therapy in mainstream health.

The Wishing Well raises funds to enable children and young people to access developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments shown to be highly effective in dealing with severe trauma and neglect. These therapies respond to the unique needs of each child and young person.

The Wishing Well is a not-for-profit incorporated charity organisation, established and managed by people seeking to improve outcomes for children and young people in out-of-home care and their families. The Wishing Well recognises the importance of the act of giving. We recognise the significance of the participation of community members and all donations are most appreciated.

The Wishing Well operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment, and as such we support organisations that encompass similar ideals.

The Wishing Well gratefully receives donations, funding and resources through bequests, corporate partnerships, fundraising events, grants, online donations and other fund raising activities. Money donated to The Wishing Well enables traumatised children access to healing therapies. Please see our website for more information:

http://thewishingwell.org.au/

How you can help

Send your message to Hassan Mohamoud, President of Somalia, Omar Sharmarke, Prime Minister, and Zahra Samantar, Minister of Women and Human Rights Development:

“As global citizens concerned about the rights of girls and women, we want to congratulate you on your push to ban female genital mutilation (FGM) in Somalia. We fully commend the total ban proposal by the government of Puntland and encourage the central government to consider urgent comprehensive legislative action. If Somalia enacts a full ban law now, and follows with massive public education campaigns, it could become the champion to lead the world to zero tolerance.”

 

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