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Tuesday, 18 March 2014

A documentary film about girls and women forced to undergo Female Genital Mutilation

Everyday infants, girls and women around the East Africa are victims of one of the worst form of abuse, Female Genital Mutilation(FGM). It is often kept a secret and thousands have lost lives or have had permanent health complications. Women feel ashamed or afraid to talk about this inhuman treatment that they are subjected to while other members of their communities promote it claiming it initiates girls to womanhood. Thousands of women have lost lives while others have had permanent health compilations after being forced to undergo Female Genital Mutilation.

On February 6, 2014, Michael Ahabwe Mugerwa a Ugandan activist and founder of ICOD Action Network and Center for Human Rights and Policy Studies, launched a campaign on Indiegogo to film and produce a documentary film ‘Chasing the Cut’. “My goal is to inspire millions of people around East Africa and the world to take firm action against Female Genital Mutilation and other forms of violence against women with my film ‘Chasing the Cut’, say Michael Ahabwe Mugerwa. “I am pleased to work to end Female Genital Mutilation in a region where rights of minorities and vulnerable communities are frequently abused but governments take no efforts to stop these rights abuses. I am excited by the prospect of reaching to millions of people through film a to make a difference.”

The goal of the ‘Chasing the Cut’ is to expose the dangers of Female Genital Mutilation, give viewers an opportunity to understand real causes of the practice in East Africa and inspire change from within communities to take part in activities designed to end Female Genital Mutilation “I hope that spreading the word worldwide will help generate worldwide efforts to end Female Genital Mutilation East Africa and in other countries where it is still practiced.” I believe FGM can be stopped when communities are informed about the dangers and governments take bold efforts to end it,” says Michael Ahabwe Mugerwa.

‘Chasing the Cut’ Campaign (http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/kata-ending-female-genital-mutilation) will work in partnership with communities, schools, health service providers, civil society organizations , local governments and other key stakeholders to develop and implement activities in their communities with the ultimate goal of stopping Female Genital Mutilation and improving health of women and girls.

“I am excited about working on this unique film to stop Female Genital Mutilation in a region where few men can come forward to even talk about this cruel and life-threatening ordeal that women and girls are forced to go through. I think men must actively take part in ending Female Genital Mutilation. By exposing the dangers of Female Genital Mutilation and assessing our community needs, we can then shape our own plans to completely stop Female Genital Mutilation”, says Michael Ahabwe Mugerwa. “The most recent reports of over 200 girls fleeing their homes fearing being forced to undergo Female Genital Mutilation in just one district in Uganda is an indication that we need to take immediate actions to the cruel and inhuman ordeal as soon as possible.

For additional information, please go to http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/kata-ending-female-genital-mutilation

About Michael Ahabwe Mugerwa

Michael Ahabwe Mugerwa is a human rights activist and founder of two nonprofits in Uganda, ICOD Action Network (www.icodactionnetwork.org) and Center for Human Rights and Policy Studies (www.chupost.org). Michael is also the Global Minorities Alliance Ambassador in Uganda and consultant on a Girl Child Education Program in South Sudan.

In 2012, Michael started mobilizing people around the world to join him to end FGM in East Africa. He started on online petition to demand firm action against FGM by East Africa Community Member States. He has since organized trips to eastern Uganda to talk to girls and women forced to undergo Female Genital Mutilation and those at risk of being forced to undergo Female Genital Mutilation.


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