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Happy Birthday Agnes!

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I was fourteen years old when my mother and grandmother announced that I was going to have my clitoris, my labia majora, and my labia minora cut out. They said if I resisted, I would be a coward. In my culture, the worst thing you can ever be called is a coward. What they did to me next caused me real harm, but it also gave me the cause of my life. – Agnes Pareyio, activist fighting to end FGM & child marriage.

This week is the birthday of activist Agnes Pareyio, Founder of the Tasaru Ntomonok Initiative & V-Day Safe House for the girls in Narok and Sakutiek, Kenya where girls can experience a safe alternative rite of passage into womanhood. Her grassroots work with families, young girls, cultural leaders and politicians in Kenya is actively reducing the rates of girls who undergo the cut. 

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READ about why she RISES to end FGM >

WATCH Agnes & Monique on GRITtv with Laura Flanders > 

Rochester Rises To Support The Women Of City Of Joy In DRC

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Activists in Rochester, NY hosted a 5K run/walk to raise money for survivors of sexual warfare on 6 June, 2015. Families and friends united in the fight against sexual and physical abuse of girls and women. Now in its third year, the annual event supports the City of Joy, a revolutionary and transformational center for survivors of gender violence in Bukavu, Congo. 

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Support City of Joy - DONATE today! 

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