Hibo Wardere

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Hibo Wardere is one of the many survivors of UN-banned practice of Female Genital Mutilation worldwide. Today, she refuses to remain silent about the danger and trauma the experience causes.

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) involves the partial or total removal of external female genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons. When Hibo was just 6 years old, she was “cut,” becoming one of over 200 million women and girls in 30 countries worldwide who have fallen victim to the practice.

FGM can cause life-threatening immediate and long-term complications including hemorrhage, infection, and psychological, menstrual, urinary, and sexual problems. Despite these common and often life-long health risks, 3 million girls still undergo genital mutilation every year.

Hibo now trains students, school administrators, and police on both how to identify girls at risk of being cut and best practices for intervening, hopefully, before it occurs.

She is an Ambassador for Safe Hands for Mothers, a UK-based charity that for 15 years has leveraged the power of photography and film as a catalyst for change in under-served communities around the world. Working with global, national, and local partners, Safe Hands for Mothers conveys critical issues through hard-hitting films that help to empower, educate, and inspire viewers to advocate for social and policy change regarding sexual and reproductive health and rights for women and girls.

As an ambassador for Save Hands for Mothers, Hibo achieved a platform to discuss the celebration and joy in the days leading up to being cut, followed by the pain, anger, and betrayal she felt after, including at the hands of her own mother. We applaud you her for her bravery and efforts on behalf of girls everywhere.

Abuse thrives in secrecy, whereas out in the open in wilts and dies.
— Hibo Wardere

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