Freedom Charity is excited to be hosting their forthcoming event on the 6th of February at the Vagina Museum. Marking the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation this promises to be a fun and educational evening. Beginning with speeches from Kate Nash, and our founder and myself, and afterwards from students from the City of London Academy, Shoreditch Park. Following the speeches, there will be music, arts and conversation related to FGM day 2023 and dishonour abuse (DiA). From the world of arts, they will be welcoming Lena Dunham, Charlotte Colbert, Emma Breschi, Tanya Reynolds, Athena Paginton and Rene Matic.
Their Keynote Speakers
Kate Nash is a Brit award-winning musician and feminist activist who speaks openly about women’s and girls’ rights. She says “Every woman and girl deserves the right to a life free of violence and full of freedoms”. Additionally, she notes “Through art, we encourage people to celebrate their own personal freedoms with hopes that this encourages more empathy and awareness for those whose freedoms are taken away”.
I regularly feature on TV and in the press for my commentary on DiA coupled with women’s rights. I am proud of the work that Freedom has achieved. FGM is an attrocity that affects 200 million females globally are we campaigning to eradicate it in a generation. It unquestionably violates their human rights and hence deprives them of their freedom to be women.
At FGM day 2023 they will be launching new resources for schools to go alongside our PSHE accredited lesson plans. These will undoubtedly help schools teach more young people about the dangers of FGM.
The Red Triangle Campaign
Their Red Triangle Campaign encourages people to open discussions around Forced Marriage, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and other forms of DiA by wearing our Red Triangle badge. Please visit the Freedom shop to buy your badge and their other products.
Trigeminal Neuralgia & The Cold
People that are suffering from Trigeminal Neuralgia often have to give up work because of the relentless pain. This affects lots of people, young and old, though older people are more prone to TN. This means that the cost-of-living crisis for the older generation is extremely challenging, more than the average household. This is because they can either choose to suffer extreme pain from their condition or have no money for food, this is because Trigeminal Neuralgia & the cold do not mix well.
Bills are rising faster than average in every household home, especially for those on benefits and pensions. For those of us with Trigeminal Neuralgia, it is far worse, as cold air on our faces is a trigger that causes immeasurable pain. The pain of an attack can be like shards of glass, electric shocks, or razors digging into your face. There have been reports of an increase in mental health issues for those that suffer from Trigeminal Neuralgia.
Sadly, Trigeminal Neuralgia is known as ‘The suicide disease’ due to the excruciating pain from those who suffer. Although many of us shy away from such a description for fear of scaring suffers. Sadly there is a correlation between people that suffer from Trigeminal Neuralgia and suicide. For many people it’s having to make heartbreaking choices between eating, paying their housing costs, and putting the heating on. For many in the UK, this will be the first time experiencing this hardship.
What Can you do to help?
Firstly, I would advise people with Trigeminal Neuralgia to contact their energy provider and inform them that they have the condition. It is unlikely they will know what Trigeminal Neuralgia is, but refer them to the Trigeminal Neuralgia Association Website. One such person did not have the choice as their Trigeminal Neuralgia was so painful;
‘I have been driven into poverty, who thought I would ever have to make choices of whether to pay my rent, buy food or put the heating on? In the end, I had to get rid of the pain”
“I am hungry, in debt, and in pain. I am grateful to the Trigeminal Neuralgia Association as they are donating me a membership while struggling. Speaking to the members at the Trigeminal Neuralgia Association might be the only way I can make it through the winter this year”