Use your head
The young people of Integrate Bristol will launch a groundbreaking new music video 'Use your head' featuring members of the public, politicians and celebrities on 20 June 2014.
The video is part of the young people’s national campaign to end female genital mutilation (FGM) and promote gender equality.
‘Use Your Head’ is the title of the song and the music video features people dancing and singing along to show their support for the cause to end violence against women and girls (VAWG).
Politicians and Ministers including Jane Ellison, Minister for Public Health, Stephen Williams, Minister for Communities, Lynne Featherstone, Minister for International Development and Bristol’s elected Mayor, George Ferguson all feature in the video.
Other famous people include the Lord Mayor of Bristol and Bristol Magnum photographer Martin Parr.
Pioneering media based educational resource
The ‘Use Your Head’ event at City Hall on 20 June is to be co-hosted by Fahma Mohamed. In addition to launching their new campaign song, the young people of Integrate Bristol will be demonstrating a pioneering media based educational resource on female genital mutilation (FGM), aimed at year 6 children.
They will also be holding a panel discussion about why education is so important and the changes that are needed to tackle FGM and gender-based violence in the UK.
Petition to safeguard girls
This year, Fahma Mohamed, a young trustee of Integrate Bristol, launched a petition to Michael Gove asking him to write to all schools reminding them of their duty to safeguard girls from female genital mutilation (FGM), and in a few short weeks, she had over 234,375 signatures.
Working together with the Guardian newspaper the young people of Integrate Bristol launched one of the fastest growing petitions change.org has ever seen.
Michael Gove agreed to meet Fahma and four other girls and conceded to their demands. Three days later Gove visited their school and joined one of the FGM lessons, designed by the young people, to observe best practice.
“Imagine the husband of Sarah Vine being fronted up by five brown girls in headscarves, wanting to talk about vaginas!”, Fahma joked at a head teachers conference earlier this year.
Campaign for education on gender-based violence
The new music video 'Use Your Head' will launch the charity’s 2014 campaign for education on gender-based violence, including female genital mutilation (FGM), to be introduced in all UK schools.