Month: April 2016

What is FGM?

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Female genital mutilation (also known as circumcision or cutting) refers to procedures that intentionally alter or cause injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons.

It is usually carried out on young girls between infancy to around the age of 15. The cutter is usually a woman who is not trained, does not use anaesthetic or antiseptic, and razor blades, glass, knives, scissors or scalpels are used for cutting.

FGM is a violation of the human rights of girls and women. It reflects deep-rooted gender inequality, and constitutes an extreme form of discrimination against women.

More than 200 million girls and women alive today have been cut in 30 countries in Africa, the Middle East and Asia where FGM is concentrated. However with global patterns of migration, the practice of FGM is closer to home than you think.

An estimated 137,000 women in the UK are affected by female genital mutilation (FGM). However, the true extent is unknown, due to the “hidden” nature of the crime.

The girls may be taken to their countries of origin so that FGM can be carried out during the summer holidays, allowing them time to “heal” before they return to school. There are also worries that some girls may have FGM performed in the UK.

To find out more please visit:

NHS Choices – FGM Information

World Health Organisation -FGM Fact Sheet

 

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The Route

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Headingly to Huddersfield via the A62 footpath (approx 16 miles)

Huddersfield to Marsden Station via Canal Towpath (approx 8 Miles)

Marsden to Diggle via A62 footpath (4.2 Miles)

Diggle to Ashton under Lyne Via Canal Towpath (approx 9 miles)

Ashton under Lyne to Old Trafford (Canal Towpath via Ashton under Lyne) (approx 8 miles)

The Roses Run

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This year the Lancashire Cricket Foundation, have joined up with Cricket Without Boundaries and 28 Too Many in a bid to end the practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). Together we will head out to Laikipia, Kenya, in the heart of the Kenyan Maasai lands, to support the Maasai Cricket Warriors to raise awareness of the dangers of FGM, in order to end its practice within their community.

To raise awareness of the issue and the trip, The Roses Run will see me travelling by foot between the two Roses matches – Yorkshire vs Lancashire County Championship Match (29 May-1 June) at Headingley Cricket Ground to Lancashire vs Yorkshire T20 (3 June) at Old Trafford Cricket Ground.

I will have the assistance of my boyfriend (trusty parkrun partner) on route, but in true parkrun style whether you run, jog, trot, amble or ramble, please do come and join along the route to show your support to the women and girls still at risk of its practice and the survivors of FGM, as well as those remembering those who have not survived. You don’t have to join for the whole route, unless you are super keen, and please feel free to bring friends, partners, family and cricket team mates along. Together we will #endFGM.

If you are not around to get involved please do take the time to have a hunt around this site, learn a little more about FGM, the charities involved in the project, the work of the Maasai Cricket Warriors and if you want to donate towards having a full time coach out in the Maasai Community, then please donate to the justgiving page.

Thanks all,

Jules