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Eleanor Rathbone

Eleanor Rathbone was an independent British MP, social reformer, suffragist and feminist who is best known for her success in fighting for family allowance and women’s rights. Rathbone was born into a influential family in Liverpool, her father was social reformer William Rathbone VI and her mother, his second wife, Emily Lyle. Rathbone’s parents encouraged …

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Comfort Momoh

Comfort Momoh is a FGM Consultant/Public Health Specialist and a staunch campaigner for the eradication of FGM. Momoh was born in Lagos, Nigeria. In 1981 she moved to the UK to train as a nurse at North Middlesex Hospital. While at the hospital, she discovered the practise of FGM and the impact this had on women’s lives. …

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Efua Dorkenoo

Efua Dorkenoo, affectionately known as ‘Mama Efua’ was a Ghanaian-British campaigner against female genital mutilation (FGM) who pioneered the global movement to end the practice. Dorkenoo began her career in health while working as a staff nurse at various hospitals including the Royal Free. While training as a midwife, she became aware of the practise of FGM while …

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Leyla Hussein

Leyla Hussein is a Somali psychotherapist and social activist. She is Chief Executive of Hawa’s Haven, and a co-founder of Daughters of Eve, a non-profit organisation which campaigns for greater awareness of female genital mutilation (FGM) and works to support young women and girls. Hussein was born in 1980 in Somalia. At the age of …

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Nimko Ali

Nimko Ali is a Somali social activist. She is the co-founder and Director of the Daughters of Eve non-profit organisation which campaigns for greater awareness of female genital mutilation (FGM) and works to support young women and girls. She is also a founding member of the Women’s Equality Party. Ali was born in Somalia, at …

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Ifrah Ahmed

Ifrah Ahmed is a Somali anti-FGM campaigner and social activist. She was hugely influential in the passing of anti-FGM legislation in Ireland and is the founder of the United Youth of Ireland and the Ifrah Foundation. Ahmed was born in Mogadishu, Somalia. At the age of 8 she underwent Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), along with …