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Celebrating our Girls throughout our Commonwealth Family.


 Please continue to support our work as we sponsor girls through their secondary education. We are also signing up runners for the Virgin Sport ASICS 10K Run in July. Click here for details on how you can participate.

 

Commonwealth Day

International Women's Day is celebrated every year on 8th March around the world, as a focal point in the movement for women's rights.


 An equal world is an enabled world - that is why we continue our work to sponsor the secondary education for able but financially needy girls throughout the Commonwealth. #IWD2020 #EachforEqual

International Womens Day

 

 

Come and join the CGEF team for the Virgin Sport London 10K Run on Sunday 5th July and make a difference to the life of a Commonwealth Girl.


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A huge thank you to the staff of the High Commission of Canada for their donation to the Commonwealth Girls Education Fund


On Wednesday 5th February, Roxanne St Clair (Chair) and Danielle Jones-Smith (Secretary) were invited to the High Commission of Canada to receive donations from their staff for the Commonwealth Girls Education Fund.

Upon arrival they were greeted by Noora Virtanen, Public Affairs Assistant, and shown around a section of Canada House originally built in 1800. They then entered The Canada Gallery and shown an exhibition entitled 'Avatars Aliens Ancestors' by artist Skawennati.

On behalf of the girls who receive funding for their secondary school education, thank you to everyone who donated to support them.

Images from Skawennati: Avatars Aliens Ancestors

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Today marks the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation and through the work of the Commonwealth Girls Education Fund, we are acutely aware of the impact this has on our girls, as well as millions of others across the globe.


What is Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)?

  • Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) involves the partial or total removal of external female genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons.
  • The practice has no health benefits for girls and women.
  • FGM can cause severe bleeding and problems urinating, and later cysts, infections, as well as complications in childbirth and increased risk of newborn deaths.
  • FGM is mostly carried out on young girls between infancy and age 15.
  • FGM is a violation of the human rights of girls and women
  • The practice is a global issue, with girls and young women affected in Europe as well as countries in Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

What is the role of education in helping to prevent this practice? 

Nancy TomeeNancy Tomee, one of our CGEF Alumnae (sponsored under our previous charity name Commonwealth Countries League Education Fund (CCLEF), led the fight against FGM in her Pokot community in Kenya. Her bravery to speak out against the practice led her to the United Nations in New York and to Marlborough House in the UK, where she addressed an audience alongside the Commonwealth Secretary General, Baroness Scotland QC.

Nancy stated that we should not be cutting our girls to marry them off, but instead educate them so that they can bring in an income for the family. Through her courage and drive, her message against FGM addressed elders in her community, as well as educating girls and women of their rights to stand up against it.

’Look at me, Nancy, who is called names and spat on, she is still progressing with her studies. Go to school and tell your parents that if they want to cut you then you will take them to court. The law prohibits cutting’ Nancy Tomee

Through our work, the CGEF has long recognised the impact that educating girls has in reducing early marriage, early pregnancy and FGM. 

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Article Links:

CGEF Girl in FGM Video Documentary

CCLEF Girl NAncy Tomee wins the BJHRF award

CCLEF Girl Nancy Tomee at the UN

 Below is a video of Nancy when she was still at school in Kenya, filmed by Sara Nason.

 

A huge thank you to the Bangladesh High Commission and CCL Fair committee for hosting another amazing event on Saturday 9th November 2019.