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Bristol FGM charity wins international award

Integrate Bristol is one of just 20 organisations from around the world to receive an inaugural With and For Girls Award. The award is part of a global initiative to identify and support local organisations working with and for girls.

Integrate Bristol, based in Redfield, was recognised for its work to promote gender equality and raise awareness about the risks of female genital mutilation (FGM).

#fgm campaigner

The charity is led by teenage girls and promotes gender equality through creative projects. These projects are specifically designed to raise awareness and provide education about the risks of female genital mutilation.

Integrate Bristol has educated 2,500 young people about the risks of FGM.  The charity also delivers sessions for frontline professionals in schools, colleges and universities by producing lesson plans and videos on violence against women and girls and FGM.

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Karma Nirvana: Spending a day at the helpline advising terrified girls being pushed into forced marriages

It was the first of many messages sent to the forced marriage and honour abuse charity Karma Nirvana from a teenager desperate to escape home. Over the past few months, in snatched one-line messages – “can’t stay at home any more. Losing the plot” – she has tried to plan her escape with staff at the helpline.

Pictured is call handler Anna Kaur.

In her chain of emails, she has claimed to be a “punch bag” for the family and expressed fears that her parents will  “send her away to get married or worse” if they knew she was planning on fleeing.

When The Independent spent a day at the helpline this week, the young woman was finally able to make telephone contact, sneaking a few seconds alone while her family were downstairs. Softly, she asks if the charity has been able to find a refuge for her in the city she wants to move to. The answer is no: all places are full up for the second day in a row.

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A teenager from Walthamstow has been chosen to work with a charity promoting the rights of women and fighting for equality

A young campaigner has been chosen to fight for the rights of women around the world.

Arifa Nasim, 18, is going global to help an international children’s charity after being selected to join the Advisory Panel (YAP) of Plan UK. Eighteen youths from across the UK have been selected to advise the charity on their projects.

The group have a special focus on the organisation’s Because I am a Girl campaign, which focuses on achieving equality. Arifa said: “I want to speak up against honour based violence such as female genital mutilation and forced marriage.

“I am hugely passionate about educating women as I believe education is an incredibly powerful tool to unlock the infinite potential we have as young women.”

Arifa has already been campaigning in Waltham Forest for a number of years to help end #forcedmarriage, speaking in schools and delivering child protection training.

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Questions from Uganda stump Newcastle schoolgirls

Many of the questions read out during assembly at Newcastle High School for Girls reflected the everyday concerns of teenagers: career ambitions, family, the weather.

Others, less so: HIV infection, rape and how to avoid being forced into marriage before the end of school also came up.

When Hilary French (pictured, centre left), headteacher of the Newcastle upon Tyne independent school, was invited to accompany representatives from the girls’rights charity Plan UK on a trip to Uganda, she asked her pupils to compile a list of questions for their Ugandan counterparts.

“They wrote the kinds of questions you’d expect secondary school girls here to ask,” Mrs French said. “What do you like reading? What subjects do you like at school? What’s your favourite food? Do you go to the cinema? What do you want to be?” She took the questions with her during her  visit to a girls’ school in Kamuli, a rural area of Uganda. And, along with the answers, she returned to Newcastle with a list of reciprocal questions from the Ugandan teenagers.

Some of the questions were exactly what the Newcastle pupils might have expected: “What’s the weather like in your country?” and “Is your country as beautiful as ours?” And then there were others. “My parents want me to get married, and I’m only 13,” one Ugandan girl wrote. “What do you think I should do?”

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The Halo Project Charity-Breaking the silence

On behalf of the Halo Project, it gives me great pleasure to share some amazing news with you. After considerable work from both the management committee and staff, as well as demonstrating viability and strong governance, the Halo Project is delighted to announce we have been awarded charity status.

Our charity number is 1159143

Our “Circle of Friends” survivors network would also like to send their thanks to all those who have made this possible, especially PCC Cleveland.

We have created some fantastic partnerships and extended our Halo Hub to Durham, we are also working on other National and International programmes of which we will update you in the near future.

Thank you for all your support

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