Saturday 19 January 2019

Campaign on FGM doubles target before it even starts

Somali woman Ifrah Ahmed. Photo: Niall Carson/PA
Somali woman Ifrah Ahmed. Photo: Niall Carson/PA

Ed Carty

A worldwide social media campaign against female genital mutilation (FGM) reached almost doubled its target of awareness messages before it began.

With the backing of the #MeToo movement, Ifrah Ahmed, a survivor of the barbaric practice, has vowed to continue her fight to have FGM outlawed globally.

"Today 200 million women worldwide are living with the consequences of female genital mutilation and 100 million are at risk of being circumcised," she said. "It is amazing really."

The 29-year-old, who was born in Somalia but lives in Dublin and is an Irish citizen, helped organise this week's demonstration. Activists marked zero tolerance day for FGM with a million campaigners using the hashtag #MeTooFGM.

Irish Independent

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