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Thank you Cath for your warm welcome, it is great to be able to contribute to this amazing team at Beyond FGM.

Some of you may have noticed that the Guardian documentary “Abandon the Knife” isn’t quite working on the home page. So here is a re-posted link to the film, which I highly recommend watching as an insight into the work done by Kepsteno Rotwo (Abandon the Knife) who are supported by Cath and the team at Beyond FGM.

It is all too easy to forget the constant effort it takes to achieve real change when we are presented with fantastic results that the Alternative Rite of Passage Ceremonies have produced. Watching this film is a reminder of the daily struggles of Nancy and Gertrude, and girls like them in Pokot, and all around the world. It also shows that community support, be it for Nancy’s strength and natural leadership, or Gertrude’s quiet but steadfast resistance, can make all the difference in creating collective acceptance of their freedom to be in charge of their own lives.

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