We invite you to consider the personal experiences of those who were subjected to these childhood violations. Please join us in advocating for the rights of vulnerable children.
Male Genital Mutilation
Intersex Genital Mutilation
Female Genital Mutilation
The Girl with Three Legs
My name is Soraya Miré and when I was thirteen years old, the girls on the playground would taunt me, saying I could not play with them—not as long as I walked with three legs. Confused and hurt, I went to my mother, who mysteriously responded that the time had come for me to receive my gift. I soon discovered the horror of the “gift,” female genital mutilation (FGM), whereby a young girl’s healthy organs are chopped off not only to make her acceptable to a future husband but also to rein in her “wildness.”
In my book, The Girl with Three Legs, I reveal what it means to grow up in a traditional Somali family, where girls’ and women’s basic human rights are violated on a daily basis. A victim of FGM and an arranged marriage to an abusive cousin, I was also witness to the instability of Somalia’s political landscape: my father was a general for the military dictator Mohamed Sian Barre, and my family moved to the inner circles of Somalia’s elite. In my journey to recover from the violence done to me, I realized FGM is the ultimate abuse, a ritual of mutilation handed down from mother to daughter and protected by the world “culture.”
I am a human rights activist, filmmaker, spokesperson against female genital mutilation, and the recipient of the United Nations’ Humanitarian Award. I wrote, directed, and produced Fire Eyes, the definitive film on FGM. I appeared in The Vagina Monologues in London, on Broadway, in Madison Square Garden, and in Los Angeles; and I have been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Nightline, and other programs; and articles about me have appeared in publications such as the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and Essence. I live in Los Angeles. California.