This is why it’s important to support women reproductive health

Female Genital Mutilation and Obstetric Fistula

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) comprises all procedures involving partial or total removal of the external female genitalia.   FGM is one of the causes of obstetric fistula and urethral damage because procedures used in the practice especially among girls and women having their first deliveries from some East Africa’s rural communities where we work. 

This is why you should support work to eradicate Female Genital Mutilation
 –  ICOD Action Network has enrolled 1070 girls and  women into our reproductive health program.  We want to reachout and support as many we can.
 –  With over 1000 recorded cases and hundreds more unrecorded, we’re putting every effort and resources to try and bring down the number.

Contributing to this project is an opportunity for contributors to positively aid in the mitigation of one of the greatest challenges of the 21st century, FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION.The total end of Female genital Mutilation means that millions of women will be able to live healthier and productive lives. Your donation will help patients who would otherwise not have gotten this life saving surgery to live healthier, and rebuild their lives.  All girls and women have rights to health, security and physical integrity, the right to be free from torture, inhuman treatment, and the right to life. When you contribute to our project, you helping women achieve all.

 – Small things make a big difference, please donate to our campaign and encourage a friend to do the same through this link



International Women’s day 2015 is here. One day that brings us together to make it happen for millions of women worldwide. Isn’t it amazing that millions of people come together every March 8 to transform lives of women girls worldwide?

At ICOD Action Network, we have been building strong grassroots networks to promote women’s reproductive health, eradicate Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and obstetric fistula. This March 08, we want to strengthen our maternal health responses and support women with obstetric fistula from some of East Africa’s remotest communities get collective surgery.

Why we chose to focus on eradicating obstetric fistula this #IWD2015

We believe all girls and women have rights to health, security and physical integrity, the right to be free from torture, inhuman treatment, and the right to life. By eradicating Female Genital Mutilation and treating related health complications like fistula, we are helping women achieve all this.

In East Africa, Female Genital Mutilation is one of the causes of obstetric fistula and urethral damage because procedures used in the practice. It is carried out by cutters with no medical backgrounds who use one knife on several girls and women.  Above 80% of FGM victims here develop fistula and urethral damage overtime. The injury leaves women with few opportunities to earn a living, and many have to rely on others to survive.  The stigma associated with the condition keeps many women hidden away while some go into deep physical and emotional decline and may resort to suicide.

Obstetric fistula still exists because health care systems have failed to provide accessible, quality maternal health care, including family planning, skilled care at birth, basic and comprehensive emergency obstetric care, and affordable treatment of fistula. That is why we have put the best of our efforts to eradicate fistula.

Inspire more men!

I think we need use the day to inspire more men to actively take part in women rights and reproductive health issues. I have been to some of our regions most remote communities working on eradicating Female Genital Mutilation and I have seen how important it is to bring men onboard if we have to get anywhere in eradicating FGM since they ‘key’ decision makers in their communities. For example, there are several male leaders who openly support FGM and help perpetuators escape prosecution. Don’t you think we would achieve a lot if we educate people these on how horrible the practice is and encourage them to join efforts to end it?

Hey! If you are reading this and you are man, come on now. I am a man and I am doing this. You’ all need to join. What affects women, affects humanity and we all need to take action now.

We must take action now; Today!

Taking joint actions is what makes 8 March an important day. As we celebrate our achievements, and remind ourselves how far we have to go, we need to build sustainable collaborations in order to make lasting change in lives of women around the world.

At ICOD Action Network, we have been running a campaign to help 10 women with obstetric fistula get collective surgery. Our campaign hasn’t been doing well but I am hopeful we can turn it around this weekend and provide life-saving surgery to those who need it most.
You can also help end the shame, social segregation, and health problems women face and promote maternal health. Every little bit helps and can help kickstart the campaign with less than 6 days left. Support our current campaign to end obstetric fistula through this link

Written by

Michael Ahabwe Mugerwa

Executive Director – ICOD Action Network



More about ICOD Action Network

We are a Uganda based nonprofit founded in March 2008. ICOD Action Network’s work extends beyond material support and touches upon the need to empower communities so that they can be able to sustain themselves. We believe that local driven interventions and innovations are the foundation of sustainable community transformation.  Our core values at ICOD Action Network are deeply rooted in sustainability, human rights, justice, inclusiveness and participation, commitment, accountability and transparency.


Boxing Day gift that can create lasting impact

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We are ending Female Genital Mutilation

About 140 million girls and women worldwide are currently living with the consequences of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). More than 125 million girls and women alive today have been cut in the 29 countries in Africa and the Middle East where FGM is concentrated.

If current trends continue, as many as 30 million girls are at risk of being cut before their 15th birthday. What we face is a global crisis that needs a global movement to end Female Genital Mutilation and promote women reproductive health. Our goal is to end this worst form of abuse against women now. We are ending Female Genital Mutilation, please  support to our campaign today through this link

Help us get the word out to the world; share the link with a couple of friends and encourage them to support our work to end Female Genital Mutilation.

Barefoot Grannies lead efforts to promote reproductive health


The following is a statement from Michael Ahabwe Mugerwa, Founder and Executive Director of the ICOD Action Network.



In February 2014, our team started a journey to capture extraordinary stories about girls, women and communities whose lives had been broken down after being forced to undergo Female Genital Mutilation. Our journey took us to some of East Africa’s most remote communities where health and social services are totally broken. It’s been a journey that has helped bring unique stories about these communities out to the world. It’s been a journey that has inspired us to work harder to end Female Genital Mutilation and build safer communities for girls and women.

We recently launched another unique model called the Barefoot Grannies to create sustainable change in communities where we work through grassroots activism.  The Barefoot Grannies…

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Barefoot Grannies: sparking a global movement for reprodutive health

Our story begins in 1948. That year, world leaders met at the United Nations to adopt a Universal Declaration of Human rights. They adopted a set of basic rights to protect human life and dignity. Among these was Article 25 – the right to a standard of living adequate for one’s “health and well-being”. It stated, among other things, that all people had the right to “medical care and necessary social services”. Overtime, the right because known simply as Article 25 – the right to health.

Today, more than 20 million people die each year due to inequalities in global health. More tan 150 million people face unaffordable health care costs each year. And more than 100 million people each year are plunged into poverty. It’s no longer enough for any one group or country to take action. What we face is a global crisis that needs a global movement to fix it. That’s is what we are doing in Uganda, we want you to join our Barefoot Grannies Movement.

We are coming together as one unified movement to send a powerful message that the time to action has come; a time to end Female Genital Mutilation and promote women’s reproductive health is now.  We are Barefoot, We are Grannies;  Join us, support us, donate to us and let’s remind the world of the crisis women are facing.  Donate to our Indiegogo Campaign here



Watch the trailer to our film about Female Genital Mutilation
Also, please support our Indiegogo campaign to finish the film, end forced child marriages and offer girls and women with fistula free surgery to fix the fistula. We have only 9 day only, please donate to our campaign today through this link

19 hours left to help end Female Genital Mutilation

We have only 19 hours left for our campaign to end Female Genital Mutilation. We wouldn’t have got here without your support and contributions. Thank you so much!
Please donate and do us a favor and encourage at least 3 friends to donate too because we have to raise the remaining portion of the budget in the remaining 19 hours. Share with them the campaign link and encourage them to donate


Thank you again for your love and support.

Your Button Badge for supporting victims of Female Genital Mutilation

Thank you for supporting my work to end Female Genital Mutilation in East Africa and supporting my campaign to film and produce ‘Chasing the Cut’, a documentary film about Female Genital Mutilation. I just added a new gift,  button badge that you can attach to your lapel to show support for victims of Female Genital Mutilation.

I have only 150 pieces, please grab yours ASAP. It’s now the new featured perk and  has a ‘featured perk’ label on top of the perk list. Visit my campaign page HERE  and select your button badge. Alternatively, use this URL to go my campaign page


I am very excited about this badge!

Help end Female Genital Mutilation now

As you are read this, there are between 8 and 10 million women and girls in the Middle East and in Africa who are at risk of undergoing one form or another of genital cutting and more than 125 million girls and women have been subjected to the ordeal. By clicking donate, you are saving millions of girls and woman in East Africa at risk of being forced to undergo Female Genital Mutilation. Please DONATE today