My name is Mercy Carrillo, I am 18 years old.…
“Can you hear that sound? Rising from the silence.
Take a look around! See the people of the future! Yeah!”
The above words were written by the young people of
Integrate Bristol to foster COMMUNITY with others.
#UseYourHead is their new music video
featuring members of the public, politicians and celebrities.
The video is part of a national campaign to end female genital mutilation (FGM) and promote gender equality. FGM is the deliberate mutilation of the genitalia of women and girls. It is practiced in 28 countries in Africa and in some parts of Asia and the Middle East. Due to immigration, the practice is now prevalent in countries like Australia, the US and the UK. It is believed that over 135 million women and girls have been affected and in the next decade, 30 million girls are at risk on the African continent alone.
This video talks about WHY some oppressed women feel this practice is continuing today >
Photo Credit: Integrate Bristol: Lisa Zimmerman, Fahma Mohamed and Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki Moon
Seven years ago, no one in the United Kingdom was discussing the issue of FGM. This changed when in 2007, Lisa Zimmerman, teacher and Project Manager of Integrate Bristol, took a class of 12 girls on a horse-riding trip. Through her interaction with them she discovered that 11 out of the 12 girls had been subject to the practice.
She took the first step, an incredibly brave step, to start the discussion on FGM. The group began in 2007 with four scared girls – and now the movement has grown to over 100 young people.
“I’m part of this amazing group of young people.
We are fearless. We are stronger. We refuse to be silent.”
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4GGL thanks Girls’ Globe for this inspirational wisdom.
Girls’ Globe is a network of passionate young women and organizations working to improve the lives of women and girls, and change the world.
Integrate Bristol is a youth led charity that works towards equality and integration. It was formed to help with the integration of young people and children who have arrived from other countries and cultures.