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Help Stop the Medicalization of FGM in Somalia

By Donor Direct Action | Dec 1, 2020
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Help Stop the Medicalization of FGM in Somalia As in most countries around the world, the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the suffering of women and…

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Breaking the silence in the world capital of female genital mutilation

By Donor Direct Action | Jul 5, 2017
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Last year, I met 15 year-old Istar, who had been married off to a 70 year-old man in Eastern Somalia. He paid 10 camels and…

Help us protect girls from female genital mutilation

By Donor Direct Action | May 10, 2017
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Ifrah was only seven when she underwent female genital mutilation (FGM) close to her home in Puntland, Somalia. Now 25, she has vowed that none of her four daughters will undergo it. FGM…

Jane Fonda introduces the work of the Galkayo Center

By Donor Direct Action | Jan 18, 2017
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Hawa Aden Mohamed

Deadly attack in Galkayo, Somalia, but Center’s work continues

By Donor Direct Action | Aug 25, 2016
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Hawa Aden, Executive Director of the Galkyo Education Center and a Donor Direct Action partner, reports from the front lines.

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Actions speak louder than words on FGM

By Donor Direct Action | Aug 2, 2016
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Those of us in the campaign against the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) are glad that this issue is now on the agenda of policy makers in Somalia, according to Hawa Aden Mohamed, Director of the Galkayo Education Center for Peace and Development in Somalia. The Center is a partner of Donor Direct Action.

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The Galkayo Center commemorates the International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM

By Donor Direct Action | Feb 9, 2016
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Click here to see photos from the Galkayo Center’s commemoration of the International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM.

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15-year-old Istar saved by the Galkayo Center

By Donor Direct Action | Feb 6, 2016
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Dear Friends,

Today is International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM (Female Genital Mutilation). But in Somalia, 98% of girls have been subjected to FGM. Many of these girls will lose their lives as a result – from hemorrhage, infection, or later in life during childbirth.

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BuzzFeed News: Meet The Two People Risking Everything to End FGM in Somalia

By Donor Direct Action | Dec 15, 2015
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Our partner Hawa Aden, director of the Galkayo Education Center for Peace and Development (GECPD), is risking everything to end female genital mutilation in ‪Somalia‬

Read the article in BuzzFeed News

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Hawa Aden Reporting from Somalia

By Donor Direct Action | Jun 4, 2014
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Read the update letter from Hawa Aden (pdf)

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The Galkayo Center International Women’s Day Narrative Report

By Donor Direct Action | Apr 11, 2014
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Read the Narrative Report

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Hawa Aden receives UNHCR award

By Donor Direct Action | Sep 19, 2012
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Read the Reuters article