Since Radio Asal launched its Ramadan campaign to end female genital mutilation in Jowhar, we have been receiving direct reports of parents who have undergone female genital mutilation (FGM) causing health problems for their daughters. In an awareness session attended by Radio Asal reporters and some youth in Jowhar, they raised awareness about female genital mutilation.
This special evening, held on Thursday 3rd February, marked a significant milestone in the Global Media Campaign’s efforts to end FGM. The GMC team - including Director Maggie O Kane and six leading campaigners from Sierra Leone, Kenya, Nigeria, and Somalia - joined this conversation which was presented to a group of keen listeners live from the Conduit Club in Covent Garden. Other key members of the panel also included the BBC's renowned international editor, Lyse Doucet and the chair of the Global Media Campaign, the human rights lawyer, Dexter Dias.
Its been two months since 13-year-old Fartun Hassan Ahmed bled to death after undergoing female genital mutilation (FGM). Since this tragedy, her grieving father Hassan Ahmed Jimale has become an anti-FGM campaigner.
Ifrah Ahmed anti-FGM activist reports the current struggles with fighting FGM and dealing with local laws that are in place to keep the public safe from COVID-19.