“Can you hear that sound?
Rising from the silence.
Take a look around.
See the people of the future! Yeah”
The above words were written by extraordinary, dedicated and passionate young people of Integrate Bristol. Integrate Bristol is a youth led charity that works towards equality and integration. For seven years, Integrate Bristol has been at the forefront of the movement to end Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)and all forms of gender based violence. FGM is the deliberate mutilation of the genitalia of women and girls. It is practiced in 28 countries in Africa and in some parts of Asia and the Middle East. Due to immigration, the practice is now prevalent in countries like Australia, the US and the UK. It is believed that over135 million women and girls have been affected and in the next decade, 30 million girls are at risk on the African continent alone.