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Ending harmful practices

Active in Somalia since the 1970s, UNFPA is the United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency with a mission to deliver a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person's potential is fulfilled. It is working toward the three transformative results by 2030: end maternal death, end unmet need for family planning and end gender-based violence and harmful practices including female genital mutilation (FGM) and child marriage.

A Brighter Future

The Ifrah Foundation was established in 2010 by Ifrah Ahmed with a vision to eliminate female genital mutilation in her native Somalia. As an FGM survivor and global activist, Ms. Ahmed works in partnership with key stakeholders to help lead her compatriots to a brighter future.


The three pillars of action

UNFPA and the Ifrah Foundation support a three-pillar approach to the elimination of FGM.

Buy-in and pledges from key influencers and decision makers, including political and religious leaders.

Media initiatives to amplify both the message of the elimination of FGM and advocacy and community empowerment efforts.

Engagement with community organizations and education and health providers to reach individual practitioners, parents and guardians to encourage pledging.