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Somali Activist's Personal Account of Female Genital Mutilation
Written by Mariana Parra On 10 February 2014 @ 16:12 pm | 1 Comment
In Citizen Media, English, Human Rights, Quick Reads, Somalia, Sub-Saharan Africa, Women & Gender
Somali activist Asha Ismail recounted her own experience with female genital mutilation (FGM) and her fight to eradicate it to radio Onda Vasca on International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation  on February 6, 2014 (hear the full interview in Spanish here ).
Asha Ismail was born in a Somali village and subjected to FGM when she was just 5 years old. She promised  herself that she would never let her own daughter suffer such torture. Currently, she directs the organization Save a Girl, Save a Generation , which campaigns against FGM and other practices that violate women's rights such as forced marriage.
Asked whether about the practice's cultural and religious ties, a factor that could complicate efforts to combat it, she said that FGM violates women's rights and dignity, and in many cases, women stay in situations in which their own will is totally defeated.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon highlighted in his message for the day, “Just because a harmful practice has long existed does not justify its continuation. All ‘traditions’ that demean, dehumanize and injure are human rights violations that must be actively opposed until they are ended.”
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 Image: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151189108679299&set=pb.164102819298.-2207520000.1391798353.&type=3&theater
 Asha Ismail : https://twitter.com/AshaActivist
 Onda Vasca : http://www.ondavasca.com/
 International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Day_of_Zero_Tolerance_to_Female_Genital_Mutilation
 here: http://www.ondavasca.com/2014/02/07/javier-vizcaino-entrevista-a-asha-ismail-mujer-somali-sometida-a-la-ablacion-y-que-ahora-la-combate-a-traves-de-su-ong-save-a-girl-save-a-generation-y-el-resto-de-noticias-del-dia-comentadas-co/
 promised: http://www.20minutos.es/noticia/2050052/0/asha-ismail/victima/ablacion/
 Save a Girl, Save a Generation: http://www.saveagirlsaveageneration.org/
 highlighted : http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=47092#.UvTirfvEl9k
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