A Study of Female Genital Mutilation

If you are interested in reading about the issue of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) from every angle, then you’ll definitely want to look at the Africa Journal of Urology. This entire issue is dedicated to FGM. “In line with the objectives of the Pan African Urological Surgeons’ Association (PAUSA) to give special concern to health problems in Africa, the editorial board of the...
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My Work is Not Done – by Wanda Chestnut

This article is by Wanda Chestnut, RN, DHSc, an HIV/AIDS Specialist from Glen Dale, Maryland. Even while working full time, and completing her advanced degrees, Wanda managed to participate in three medical missions to Ghana through her church in 2004, 2005 and 2006. In December 2012 she traveled to Hargeisa, Somaliland to volunteer and complete her Doctoral internship at the Edna Adan Maternity...
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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...
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Edna Adan Ismail: a Somali Inspiration

The following profile was written by Joanne Butcher, BA Politics, University of Sheffield, and published here: Edna Adan Ismail: a Somali Inspiration Born in Hargeisa in 1937, Edna Adan Ismail is one of Somaliland’s most prominent public figures. From 1954 to 1961, she studied in Britain – the first Somali woman to do so – to become a nurse and midwife. After working as a civil...
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Ask Edna

United States Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (NY) has published to her web site, Off The Sidelines, a page of Questions and Answers, questions from her Book Club members addressed to Edna Adan. The goal of Sen. Gillibrand’s group is to make more women aware of the need to be involved in the decisions that affect their lives every day and to let women know that their voice matters, to give them...
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Edna in Washington

Edna was invited to Capitol Hill to participate in the 4th Annual International Women’s Day Breakfast, sponsored by Women Thrive Worldwide, on March 1. Edna spoke about the issue of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). Following some members of Congress, and others, Edna’s presentation about FGM begins soon past the 38-minute mark. See below for a complete video of this event. “When...
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Meet Edna in Los Angeles

We’ve bumped this message back to the top of the page. It’s coming up soon, the weekend before Thanksgiving. Edna Adan plans to visit the Women Hold Up Half The Sky exhibit at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles on Nov. 19, beginning at noon. If you can be in the vicinity, then you are invited to join her as she views the exhibit for the first time. Edna’s work in...
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Into Africa: A Somaliland Experience

Elayne Clift is a writer from Vermont who recently volunteered two weeks of service at the Edna Hospital. A writer! You know what that means? It means there’s now a perceptive and beautifully-written journal entry which can help you better to understand the life of the Hospital and the culture of Somaliland. She is not real happy about the treatment of women in Somaliland…. I am...
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Female Genital Mutilation

Famous blogger, Andrew Sullivan, nowadays blogging at The Daily Beast, has helped to put a spotlight onto the issue of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). Yesterday, he wrote about an Egyptian woman who participated in the uprising in Cairo early this year and who had, herself, suffered FGM: In 2006, when she was 24, Ziada had a long debate with an uncle about her seven-year-old cousin Shaimaa,...
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FGM: Torturing Girls

In the third article in a series from Somaliland, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof writes about the persistence of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) despite concentrated efforts to eliminate the practice. “This is one of the most pervasive human rights abuses worldwide, with three million girls mutilated each year in Africa alone, according to United Nations estimates. A hospital...
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Video: Hospital’s Ever-Expanding Mission

“Originally intended to be a small, normal maternity facility…” In this video, Edna Adan relates how the mission of the hospital expanded from the original goal of serving expectant mothers. More than 10,000 babies have now been born at the Edna Hospital. In addition, the hospital treats everything from snake bite to war wounds. Turned out, there were not enough trained nurses,...
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African Communities Abandon FGM

All across Africa, thousands of communities are abandoning the practice of Female Genital Mutilation, establishing a new social norm. Julia Lalla-Maharajh reports for The Daily Beast from The Gambia: For me, the most incredible sight was the former cutters dressed in long red shifts, swaying briskly into the center of the square to the rapid beat of a drum, carrying leafy branches. They...
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