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Efua Dorkenoo: The Woman Who Never Stopped

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Efua Dorkenoo at TEDxUCLWomen, 6th December 2013. Photo: Upi Sandhu Efua Dorkenoo at TEDxUCLWomen, 6th December 2013. Photo: Upi Sandhu

I remember the first time I heard about the legendary Efua Dorkenoo. It was 2007 and I was 9 years old, sitting in my back garden in Lagos, Nigeria, clutching my copy of her book “Cutting the Rose: Female Genital Mutilation, The Practice and its Prevention”. I was completely inspired by this brave woman who had chosen to write so poignantly about the practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). At 9, I ran into the house and went into my bedroom, scrambling around for my black notebook. In my rather poor handwriting, I wrote one word ‘Mama’ and added her to the list of women who inspired me. And for years to come, I would continue to admire and be inspired by this woman who was incredibly beautiful – inside and out.

Efua Dorkenoo, OBE, known affectionately to many…

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