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Efua Dorkenoo, Pioneer To End FGM, Dies Of Cancer At Age 65

News outlets report on the death of women’s rights activist Efua Dorkenoo, who pioneered the movement to end female genital mutilation.

The Guardian: Efua Dorkenoo OBE, the ‘incredible African female warrior,’ has died
“Efua Dorkenoo, widely seen as the mother of the global movement to end female genital mutilation, has died after undergoing treatment for cancer, her family have confirmed. She was 65. Dorkenoo — known affectionately to many as ‘mama Efua’ — was a leading light in the movement to bring an end to FGM for more than 30 years, campaigning against the practice since the 1980s…” (Topping, 10/20).

Reuters: Anti-FGM campaigners mourn death of pioneer Efua Dorkenoo
“Campaigners against female genital mutilation are mourning the death of Efua Dorkenoo, regarded by many as ‘the mother’ of the global movement to end FGM. Dorkenoo’s pioneering work over three decades strongly contributed to the international recognition of FGM as a public health and human rights issue…” (Batha, 10/20).

Devex: ‘Nothing can stop’ fight against female genital mutilation — advocacy group
Marking her death, Devex republished an April 2014 exclusive interview with Efua Dorkenoo, who was program director at the End FGM Social Change Campaign (Patton, 4/2).

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