Map2endFGM for OSMGeoweek

Wednesday November 7

Anoka | Minnesota | United States

This global mapathon will run alongside events in London and many other venues which will include discussion on how mapping can help the fight against female genital mutilation (FGM). Female genital mutilation (FGM) is a practice that involves altering or injuring the female genitalia for non-medical reasons, and it is internationally recognized as a human rights violation. Globally, it is estimated that 200 million girls and women alive today have undergone some form of FGM. Although FGM is declining in the majority of countries where it is prevalent, most of these are also experiencing a high rate of population growth – meaning that the number of girls who undergo FGM will continue to grow if efforts are not significantly scaled up. To promote the abandonment of FGM, coordinated and systematic efforts are needed, and they must engage whole communities and focus on human rights and gender equality. They must also address the sexual and reproductive health needs of women and girls who suffer from its consequences. More information here. We are building a global network to unite people from across the world to help map areas where girls are at risk of FGM so that activists can better protect them. Anyone with an internet connection can get involved, from anywhere in the world. Full training will be given. You can join as an individual, or organise a mapathon event at your workplace, school, or with your friends. Some advice on holding a mapathon is here. There is also a Facebook event page where you can post here. We will be posting on social media using #map2endFGM. Please join us and help spread the word throughout your networks! We want to include mappers from every country where FGM is an issue. There is a short film here explaining how mapping helps fight FGM. Join us! Together we can #map2endFGM