Waris Dirie

Waris Dirie grew up in Africa and moved to London as a young girl to work as a cleaner for the Somalian embassy. She was approached about modeling and became a famous model. However, after modeling for several years she became a women’s rights activist. She wanted to bring the topic of female circumcision to the public eye. And in 1997 she was appointed as the United Nations Population Fund’s special ambassador for the elimination of FGM. Dirie traveled and spoke up about this topic trying to prevent future generations of women from going through what she and many other women has been trough. She has written books to tell her story and educate others. In 2001 she founded the Desert Dawn Foundation to raise money for Somalian clinics and schools.

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