International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation

Today is International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation, which is a condition suffered by approximately 140 million women worldwide.

Edna Adan has always used her hospital and her notoriety to educate the people of Somaliland to reject this practice, which has extraordinarily deep roots in the culture throughout the Horn of Africa.

On this day, Edna has provided the following statement.

As a midwife, I have been delivering babies for 50 years, many of whom were being born to women who had undergone FGM. Witnessing the FGM-associated complications that many were suffering caused me to speak out against it in public in 1976 which at that time shocked my family and my people.

37 years later, and after so many resolutions have been passed to eradicate the practice, we sadly found that 97% of our women still suffered FGM as shown in the survey carried out on 4000 women at the Edna Adan Hospital between 2002 to 2006.

We are still looking for resources to study the prevalence of FGM and hope that the next survey/audit will reveal a reduction of FGM in our women, particularly after all the campaigns that we have held over the years.


For much more detailed information about FGM as practiced in Somaliland see this link:

FGM as practiced in Somaliland

This map indicates the prevalance of Female Genital Mutilation, also known as Female Circumcision, in Africa.
FGM has no place in Islam
FGM Prevalence in Africa

And here is an article by Kate Grant, from our partner organization, The Fistula Foundation, writing about. Fistula and FGM



  1. Good dedication Ms Edna and I’m sure that all ur efforts will have a serious impact on reducing the FGM drastically;

  2. Edna, thank you for sharing…you have and continue to do great work to eradicate this practice…I am grateful for all you taught me during my time in Somalilabd

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