Written by Rah
Published: 05 February 2016
On Saturday 6 February is the International Day of Zero Tolerance Against FGM.
On 6 February I will Hold a Free Healing Transmission called Healing the Flower. I make this offering as part of my healing journey and are inviting women and men around the World to hold hands with me and the Fountain of Life In a Worldwide Healing Circle as we pray for the Healing of our Sisters and all affected by FGM. We hold a candle to birth new ways to celebrate and honour our young girls and women here on our continent.
We know that there exists a cycle within which FGM thrives and survives. This cycle includes the families who continue to take young girls to be cut, the Cutters whose means of surviving is the monies earned from cutting, and the men who demand and in most cases pay for young girls to have the cut in order to prepare for marriage to them.
Thousands of years of female genital cutting has left young girls, women and men with a distorted experience of life and our sexuality. It has left us with feelings of shame, fear, betrayal, terror and deep grief.
Our experience of life has been altered as a result of these painful and horrific experiences.
Our Vaginas and Wombs are sacred and hold every trace of our deepest experiences. When shock, pain and grief is held within, we lose parts of ourselves. Our connection to life and the creative power that dwells in our sacred centers diminishes and becomes blocked. We move through the world from a place of disconnection and frozenness without knowing this is how we are.
When we allow ourselves to open to the grief that is frozen inside us, we begin to feel again as our tears start to soften the layers around our hearts. If this can be held in a container of forgiveness and love, we can integrate the most traumatic experiences and our hearts can flower again, in all it’s fullness and richness.
I hold a candle for the healing of the yonis/vaginas and wombs in Somalia, Guinea, Djibouti, Sierra Leone, Mali, Egypt, Sudan, Eritrea, Burkina Faso and Gambia, all rated as the countries with the highest incidence of FGM.
I hold a candle for statistics to be collected and Education to be made available and visible by the South African government, by the lawmakers in Lesotho and Indonesia where no statistics is currently been collated. But we know that FGM is practiced in these countries.
On Wednesday 5 February, a young reporter Monique Hansen from the Children’s Radio Foundation based in Cape Town conducted an interview with me. It felt incredible for me to host my first radio interview with a young woman for a children’s radio station. It felt profound for me to be in the center of this young woman empowering herself with education on the subject and the young girls most affected by FGM.
Here is a link to our interview
May all the offerings of campaigners all around the world birth new traditions and pathways that support, nurture and show love to young girls and women in our country, continent and the rest of the world.