Sahiyo is an award-winning organization with the mission to empower communities to end female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) and to create positive social change through dialogue, education and collaboration based on community involvement. Our storytelling campaigns have allowed women and girls to speak up (both anonymously and with their names), when previously many women and girls have been afraid to do so in public. They feared social ostracism and resisted being labeled as victims. Our work has also allowed men to engage in ending FGM/C in their communities. Through the collection of stories, we have been able to advocate for more research on FGM/C, motivated governments to take action on FGM/C, and provided support to hundreds of survivors.
In this powerful story, Mariya Taher speaks candidly about her experience as a survivor of female genital cutting.
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