A new app called ‘Face Up’ has been launched to fight against female genital mutilation (FGM), sexual violence and child marriage.
It works by users downloading an image of their face within the app which becomes digitally imprinted with the words “I’m putting girl rights where they can’t be ignored”. Once the photo is uploaded, the photo is added to the #FaceUP album.
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FGM: How Sad to Cut the Flower of Life by Asma Marwan
My heart breaks for these innocent girls,
mutilated at their sacred core
by barbaric customs and a heinous cult,
condemned to suffer forever more.
Mutilated women never knowing what they miss,
the satisfaction of sexual bliss, or having an easy childbirth,
accepting that their life is of little worth.
How sad to cut the flower of life,
to take away the pleasure
that takes away strife,
and eases the soul and makes you whole,
that makes a man and woman one,
and makes a sacred bond
that all long for and few have found.
May these women wake from this nightmare
of subjugation and inhumanity,
this aberration of sex and power,
may they rise above the pain and sorrow
caused by this patriarchal pagan sacrifice
and stop the hands that wield the knife,
that cuts out the root of their flower of life.