Looking back and pushing forward: The global fight to end FGM.
Closing this special three-part series in accordance with International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation is Naima Dido of Threads Weaving Dreams. FGM/C survivor, a mother and an advocate of women’s right.
Naima was born in Nairobi with pastoralist family origins in NE Kenya and S. Ethiopia. Her family was resettled in the US in 1989 through refugee status. She was the first woman in the history of her family to read and write, and the first person to go on to college.
Her life experience has guided her through 20+ years of women’s empowerment and development work in the US and Africa. Naima mainly worked with relief and aid organizations as a direct service provider and community advocate, focusing on refugee and African women’s empowerment. Her life experience has provided her with a unique platform to help design innovative and effective programs to alleviate poverty and hunger and tackle sensitive topics like FGM and early marriage.
She has been a vocal part of the FGM/C survivor community in the U.S. For the last 10 years Naima has been an independent training expert and activist striving to educate and develop strategies aimed at tackling taboo issues such as HIV/AIDS, FGM and Early Marriage.
She worked with organizations such as the IRC and CDC to explore the complexities and barriers of assessing the prevalence of FGM within the U.S., largely among immigrant communities of women and girls.
Join us as we hear Naima’s story and her fight against FGM/C.
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