Month: February 2012


Cause of death: Being a woman

One out of three women are subject to violence sometime during their lifetime. Three journalists decided to investigate violence against women, researching the situations for women in ten different countries. There are many reasons used as explanations for violence against women, such as culture and religion, but these journalists say that “the real reasons are power and control”. The project, named Cause of Death: Woman, share the voice of women who have survived the violence in these different countries, the stories of women who have lost their lives to gender based violence. They also raise awareness of women and organizations working to make a change. Girls’ Globe believes in this movement. Let’s stand together to support survivors and work towards eliminating violence against women and break the invisible chains of power and control. The Cause of Death: Woman page was launched today, so be sure to go in and check it out, share it and follow them on Twitter and like them on Facebook. Break the silence and eliminate these patterns of violence!


International Day of Zero Tolerance

Today is the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting. If you don’t know what FGM/C is about, then you must have missed our very informative post on the matter. There are many organizations, both grassroots movements and international institutions, working towards eliminating this practice. Maria Luisa Gambale and Steven Lawrence highlighted the work of Sister Fa in their documentary: Sarabah. Read the interview with them here. A big global actor, working with both the international community as well as grassroots movements, is the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). This is what UNFPA’s Executive Director, Babatunde Osotimehin, had to say on this day. The World Health Organization (WHO) has also shared a statement on this day, stating that “A special focus for WHO this year, is the troubling trend of health-care providers increasingly being the ones performing female genital mutilation, and thereby contributing to legitimize and maintain the practice”. Read the entire statement here. Today, the Population Reference Bureau informs of the changes being made in legislation across the world, and also the …


Exclusive Interview – The Sarabah Documentary

Maria Luisa Gambale and Steven Lawrence are co-producers of the Sarabah Documentary, an award-winning documentary film about the powerful music and unstoppable activism of Sister Fa, Senegal’s first lady of rap, and her inspiring fight against FGC. 1. What led you to the decision to make the Sarabah Documentary? Steven: In 2009 when I was vice president of music & cultural programming at Link TV, I was producing a series of short films on groundbreaking musicians in the Muslim world. Maria was Coordinating Producer on the series. Link’s director of music programming, Michal Shapiro, suggested we listen to Sister Fa’s music and watch her video for “Milyamba.” We were really impressed and decided she’d be a good subject. I was advising on artists for the UN Day concert, produced by New York-based Culture Project, so I suggested that Sister Fa be invited to perform.  Fatou was flown to New York – her first visit to the US – and performed one song as part of a show that included such luminaries as Angelique Kidjo, Harry …


Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting and Positive Change

What is female genital mutilation and cutting? Female genital mutilation (FGM), sometimes named female genital cutting (FGC) or by the international community often mentioned as female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C), is the harmful practice of removing parts of or all of a girls’ external genitals. WHO estimates that between 100 and 140 million girls and women worldwide are currently living with the consequences of FGM. UNFPA estimates that approximately 3 million girls undergo the procedure annually. This is a practice that is deeply rooted in tradition, which has created strong social norms and gender-related constraints that allow this practice to continue. FGM is commonly practiced in many countries in Africa, but also the Middle East and some Asian and Latin American countries. There is no correlation between religion and FGM, it is practiced in both Christian, Muslim and traditional communities. What are the effects? Female genital mutilation is harmful to the lives and health of girls and women in the short- and long-term. In the short-term a girl may experience pain, severe bleeding, acute urine retention, …