Somalia´s prime minister Sharmarke backs anti-FGM campaign

25 Mar

Congratulations to my sister Ifrah Ahmed, who persuaded the prime minister to sign the petition

Ifrah Ahmed with Somalia´s prime minister Sharmarke
Ifrah Ahmed with Somalia´s prime minister Sharmarke

Somalia’s prime minister has publicly backed the campaign to ban FGM in his country.

Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke has joined more than a million others by signing an online petition calling for a comprehensive ban.

Somali anti-FGM campaigner Ifrah Ahmed, a friend of mine and former Desert Flower Foundation team-member, told the BBC that she had persuaded Mr Sharmarke to sign the petition organised by online campaign group Avaaz.

She said that it was a significant move as many people in Somalia do not openly speak about the issue.

Well done, Ifrah!

Congratulations to my sister!

Waris and Ifrah in Brussels 2013
Waris and Ifrah in Brussels 2013

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