Delegation of the European Union to Kenya

EU Delegation to Kenya screens "A girl from Mogadishu" to create public awareness on FGM

13/02/2020 - 15:15
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A Girl from Mogadishu is a true story inspired by the life and work of Irish activist Ifrah Ahmed who was born in Somalia where she was subjected to FGM.

The EU Delegation to Kenya organised the screening of the award winning film, "A girl from Mogadishu" on 11th February 2020, as part of the events marking awareness on zero tolerance to female genital mutilation or cutting  (FGM).


The event brought together several speakers including the Ambassadors of Ireland and Belgium, several members of the Kenya Women Parliamentary Association led by their chairperson, Hon Purity Ngirici, the UNFPA representative to Kenya and UNICEF Representative to Somalia.


The keynote speech was delivered by Leonie Kerins from the Ifrah Foundation, who delivered a message from Ifrah Ahmed, the main protagonist in the film which depicts her experience as a survivor of the FGM.


We were delighted to also have in the audience the members of parliament from Kenya's north-eastern region, where FGM is highly prevalent, and listened to MP Sophia Abdi who shared her experience in ensuring the Kenyan parliament passed a law against the practice of FGM, and MP Ali Fatuma Gedi who is also fighting the practice that  is rampant in her constituency.


The icing on the cake was a pleasant surprise followed on 12th February 2020, when the European Parliament approved a new resolution to end FGM.  We are well on course to #EndFGM!


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