The first rule of the married girls’ club is: empower girls

Fatuma was married off five years ago, when she was just 13. Like most girls from the remote Afar Region of Ethiopia, she had undergone female genital mutilation (FGM) when she was only a baby, and it was expected that her scars would open up during the wedding night. The programme Fatuma joined teaches girls about their human rights. Implemented by the Afar Region Women’s and Children’s Affairs Bureau, with funding from the UN Association in Sweden, it gives girls a safe space to share their personal experiences. Read more here: