Waris Dirie and the fight against female circumcision
 Photo 7/7 
Waris Dirie timeline
In this article

Waris Dirie timeline

1997: During an interview for NBC and American Marie Claire, Waris Dirie stuns the world by talking about the circumcision she was subjected to when she was 3 years old.

Kofi Annan names her "goodwill ambassador" in the fight against female genital mutilation (FGM).

Waris Dirie writes her autobiograpy Desert Flower, which inspired the film. Over 11 million copies of the book have been sold worldwide.

2002: Creation of the Waris Dirie Fondation which fights against FGM

2005: Waris Dirie publishes the book Desert Children in which she describes her investigations and her encounters with victims and those who perform the procedures.

Following the publication of this book, the European Union decides to include this fight in its program for the first time. Waris meets ministers from the 25 member states who agree to toughen the laws in several countries.

2009: Waris joins the board of directors of the new PPR Corporate Foundation for Women’s Dignity and Rights.

© EPS/Rex/Sipa

Also on wewomen:
> Campaigning against female genital mutilation
> One woman's fight against human trafficking
> Supporting women, ending domestic violence

Women in Focus Editor
Rank this page: 

Don't miss...
100 Of The Best Parenting QuotesHow do you get a breast lift without going under the knife?
Get a fabulous dancer's body!Gift guide for every man in your life
Latest… 24/10/2016
Managing money
Changing your name | How to change your name
Scrapbooking: making a scrapbook album like a pro
Work for yourself - get your small business online
See all Women in Focus guides
Teaching kids about money
See all Women in Focus videos

Don't miss out!

...Join our newsletter
Get the wewomen latest straight to your inbox
Find us on...