BRACELETS AGAINST FGM
(Female Genital Mutilation)

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HOW TO BUY YOUR BRACELETS
MAASAI BRACELETS
"Maasai bracelets against FGM" are an original and unique gift that support the Maasai people and the fight against FGM. Their lively colors are a clear example of the traditional Maasai adornments still in use today.

These bracelets are hand-made and carefully designed by socially vulnerable women within the Maasai tribe in Kenya and Tanzania.

Although each bracelet is different and unique, they all have one thing in common: a symbol of the fight against FGM. This is reflected in an “X”, representing women trapped in a diamond, imprisioned by the constant threat of violent mutilation by knife.

If you are thinking of a special gift, something nice, different and supporting a good cause, Maasai bracelets against FGM are, without a doubt, your best choice.

 

GOALS


Generate a real income alternative for these women and Maasai youth so they can get out of poverty and become self-sustaining.
  Reinvest the resources generated by this campaign in other projects for the eradication of FGM in Kenya and Tanzania.
  Make this bracelet a symbol of the fight against FGM in Spain and other countries around us to make people aware of this terrible practice.
HOW WE DO IT
These bracelets are made by Maasai artisans in Kenya and Tanzania based on a production squeme that our partners (local NGOs) oversee:
Tasaru Ntomonok (rescue women) in Kenya and NAFGEM (Network Against Female Genital Mutilation) in Tanzania.

Female producers:

They are adult women who live  in poverty or without other means to support themselves.

We are especially interested in chosing  women who used to practice FGM for a living and now want to stop for good. So, in order to be part of this project it’s essential that they commit themselves to opposing FGM.

Thanks to the work of the local organizations that coordinate the project, women are not only trained to produce the bracelets but also learn about human rights and gender equality.

We give women everything they need to make the bracelets and each woman works at home, delivering the goods to our local partners according to their deadlines.

Project benefits:

Every woman involved in this project: gets a real and sustainable source of income for themselves and their families, fighting the helplessness caused by the lack of economic independence.

The local organizations that coordinate the project: are paid for their work and they also help us maintain a local network to keep working on other initiatives.

Mundo Cooperante: we generate resources with which we can do our work in international aid projects, especially those that have to do with FGM and early and/or forced marriages.

 

FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) includes procedures that intentionally involve the total or partial surgical removal or injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons. Internationally recognized as a violation of women’s rights, this practice affects more than 140 million girls and women in the world and more than 3 million each year are at risk.

Geographically, FGM practice mainly focuses on sub-Saharan Africa, although there are also cases in some areas of the Middle East and Asia.

Mundo Cooperante has been fighting this barbaric practice for years, working on projects with African civil society organizations in Kenya and Tanzania and also raising awareness with the Spanish population on this reality, which although is still relatively unknown, remains a global problem in a globalized world.

Specifically, within the Maasai tribe, the rate of incidence of FGM is nearly 70% of women between 15 and 49 years old, and although the average age of girls affected keeps decreasing, the number of them who refuse both FGM and forced marriage is increasing.

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