Dear Unity --
Today is the
International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation
(FGM). Globally, it is estimated that at least 200 million
girls and women have had some form of FGM done to them. Female Genital
Mutilation, also known as FGM, is a procedure often done on young
girls between the ages of 4-14. It involves the partial or total
removal of the external female genitalia or other cutting applied to
the female genital organs.
FGM can cause severe
bleeding and health issues including, cysts, infections,
infertility as well as complications in childbirth and increased risks
of newborn deaths. FGM is a violation of the human rights of girls
and women all over the world - including in the United
Here in the
United States, over 500,000 young girls and women are currently at
risk of having this horrible, gruesome procedure inflicted on
them. Yet, only 27 states have passed legislation
outlawing Female Genital Mutilation.
America has been at the forefront, leading the charge for FGM
prevention laws all across the country. Since 2007, our activists have
been the driving force behind passing anti-FGM legislation in dozens
of states. In 2018, we are continuing that fight and working to pass
anti-FGM legislation in nine (9) more states.
will not stop until all 50 states in America have passed anti-FGM
legislation. This isn't just a national security issue, this is a
human rights issue.
Checks can be mailed to the following
1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, D.C. 20004
Thank you for
your support. We cannot fight this battle without you by our
ACT for America