Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation is asking you to support our cause and petition by signing the petition below. We have set a goal to collect at least 200,000 signatures; we will continue this petition until we have reached that goal. Once we have reached our goal, we will take our petition with the signatures to the U.S. Department of Education. Our request is to have them include one lesson in their curriculum on female genital mutilation (FGM) in the elementary and middle schools.
The organization believes that the surest way to ending the practice of FGM is through education. The younger the children become aware of the practice; the more likely thousands of girls in the U.S. can be spared from undergoing female genital mutilation.
Female genital mutilation is often thought to happen only in foreign countries or to foreigners – but FGM is a problem in the United States and affects young American girls throughout the country. Statistics show that FGM is on the rise and the number of girls and women at risk has more than doubled in the past years. A CDC report estimates that there are approximately 513,000 girls and women living with the consequences of FGM or are at risk of it being done to them in the United States.
Female genital mutilation is described by the World Health Organization as all procedures that involve partial or total removal of the external female genitalia, or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons. It impacts more than 125 million girls and women worldwide, including right here in the US.
The most impacted states are Minnesota, California, New York, Texas, Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey and the Washington State. Won’t you tell the little girls that you care what happens to them by signing this petition? Thank you.
To sign the petition, please click the link below and watch the video: