A Campaign To Stop Female Cutting In Somalia Endorsed by Prime Minister
This week Somalia’s prime minister publicly backed a campaign to end the practice of female genital mutilation in his country. Supporters of the campaign hope his endorsement will help push through an anti-FGM bill.
UNICEF estimates that 94 percent of women and girls in Somalia undergo some form of cutting. It’s a practice that doesn’t end in Somalia, but also occurs in the diaspora community.
Nana Ahmed, a Somali-American, works with Somali immigrants and refugees, many who’ve undergone genital cutting. She joins us to talk about the pending legislation in Somalia and its potential impact on the Somali diaspora.