The Waris Dirie Manifesto

15 goals in our fight against FGM

Waris Dirie demands specific steps in the fight against FGM
Waris Dirie demands specific steps in the fight against FGM

I would like to remind you of the manifesto I published together with my team in 2005.

"You will not see the whole picture unless you step out of the frame", writes Salman Rushdie in The Ground Beneath her Feet.

It is time to step out of the frame.

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Thank-you letter from Freetown

We don’t have to starve anymore!

Sallay Sesay, our little Desert Flower
Sallay Sesay, our little Desert Flower

Dear Desert Flower Foundation,

My three-year-old daughter Sallay just became a little Desert Flower.

Since I sell fruits at the local market I have to go to work very early every day. And so does Sallay´s father, who is a taxi driver. We can’t bring her to nursery ourselves.

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Strengthen and empower African women!

Waris Dirie: appeal to national governments

Waris with participants of the initiative “Together for African Women”
Waris with participants of the initiative “Together for African Women”

I have been urging national governments supporting Africa for years to give billions of dollars directly to women's initiatives ensuring them access to career development, continuing education and vocational training instead of financing corrupt governments.

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Scandal in Egypt!

FGM for only $6.39!

Queue in front of a 'special' shop
Queue in front of a 'special' shop

Last week, The Cairo Post published a shocking article revealing that FGM is offered ridiculously cheap in the Souq al-Goma'a (Friday Market) in al-Sayeda Aishia district in Cairo. Only 50 EGP (about 6 $) is enough to cut a girl there.

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Great success: FGM declined in Sierra Leone

Desert Flower Foundation program throughout the country

Our little Desert Flowers
Our little Desert Flowers

Since the 18th century FGM is practiced in Sierra Leone. The ones who are responsible for this cruel practice are so-called secret societies, like the Bondo Society, which brings together around 50, 000 circumcisers. Until now, politicians were powerless against these groups.

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