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Photographer @simona.ghizzoni’s #uncutproject Aims to Help Victims of FGM Feel Seen

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The pictures are about survival. While Italian photographer Simona Ghizzoni (@simona.ghizzoni) chooses grim topics to tackle — from eating disorders to war in Gaza, and currently, female genital mutilation (FGM) across Africa — she wants to provide hope through her portraiture. “Fear of dying, fear of the war, being worried about people you love, wanting to love and be loved, having hopes… It comes down to those basic things you see everywhere,” Simona says. She started documenting FGM because, despite the laws against it, the practice persists, and sharing pictures of women who are affected by it is Simona’s activism. “The younger girls — 8, 12 year olds — they have never been looked at. They have always been leftovers in society,” she says. “I really see in some of their eyes, ‘I am looked at really and somebody is listening to what I am saying.’”

November 25 is International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and Simona is launching #uncutproject on zona.org to raise awareness of FGM; her website will debut on Feb 6, which is International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation.

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