(Image Credit : Leftlion) Mojatu Foundation founder Valintine Nkoyo has done ground-breaking work against FGM

International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation is a United Nations-sponsored annual awareness day which aims to eradicate female genital mutilation.

Introduced in 2003, it takes places every year on 6 February, and local charity Mojatu Foundation headed by Valentine Nkoyo has led the way in tackling the issue and making Nottingham the first city in UK to officially make a declaration against FGM.

The movement aims to fight for the rights of women, their bodies and physical, emotional and mental health.

  “We represent the community, share opinions and be a voice in the fight to eradicate female genital mutilation in our lifetime.”

Valentine Nkoyo, Mojatu Foundation

The foundation has been using various approaches and partnerships to bring an end to the crime, including partnering with a local farmer, David Rose, to facilitate community cohesion within the city and the county.

With an allocated piece of land to plant trees and raise awareness, the farm sees thousands of people visit for support, therapy and annual cultural festivals – all in a fight against the extremism.

(Image Credit: Muslim Statistics) A break-up of FGM cases in England and Wales

Every International Day of Zero Tolerance is marked by planting trees with memorial plaques carrying messages from faith and community leaders, individuals, families, groups and organisations

Speaking on its work, the Mojatu Foundation said: “We train local professionals to be aware of how to spot and deal with FGM.

“We sit on the country steering group to represent the community, share opinions and be a voice in the fight to eradicate female genital mutilation in our lifetime.”

For more information and join the fight against FGM visit the Mojatu Foundation’s website :

http://www.mojatufoundation.org/