When I started Safe Hands for Girls a six years ago, I never thought we would go ahead and accomplish so much together. Over the past 6 years, Safe Hands for Girls has directly reached hundreds of thousands of women and girls across the continent of Africa and millions more with our advocacy. With your support, we have been able to change laws, change mindsets and work with religious leaders to bring about concrete change in communities.
Today, we are asking you to stand with us one more time to deliver on The Dakar Declaration. We organized the first Africa Led Summit against FGM and Child Marriage in Dakar, Senegal from June 16th, 2019 to June 18th 2019. We brought together religious leaders, activists, survivors, law makers and government agencies throughout the continent to ensure that we are ending FGM by 2030.
At Safe Hands for Girls, we strongly believe that we can end FGM and child marriage within our generation if we build on the momentum that we have created. Safe Hands for Girls worked with Al Azhar University considered to hold the highest authority when it comes to Islamic Jurisprudence to deliver a Fatwa (religious decree) on child marriage during the summit.
This was a historic moment in the campaign to end both FGM and Child Marriage. The Dakar Summit also started the Africa4Girls Platform. The platform seeks to make investments in grassroots communities and organizations to accelerate the abandonment of both FGM and Child Marriage.
With the historic outcome of the summit, we want to build on the momentum by creating real impact and providing direct services to women and girls. This requires a lot of resources.
We are asking you to stand with us today by donating and sharing this campaign widely.