top of page


The absolute abandonment of FGM in Somalia and the horn of Africa, in collaboration with a coalition of partners.



  •  Create a path for the cultural abandonment of FGM/C 

  • Coordinate awareness-raising, advocacy and community empowerment initiatives with our partners

  • Implement FGM/C survivor support systems.

"Be the voice, not the victim"

Ifrah Ahmed

Ifrah Foundation was founded in 2010 by Ifrah Ahmed, an Irish citizen originally from Somalia. Ifrah Foundation has been active in Somalia since 2013, where it is a registered Civil Society Organisation (CSO). Ifrah Foundation is also a registered charity in Ireland. 

Ifrah Ahmed is one of the world's top international FGM/C eradication advocates and activists. Ifrah has received multiple awards for her work and she campaigns relentlessly for legislation to ban FGM/C around the world. Ifrah is the Gender Advisor to the Government in Somalia.

Ifrah Foundation aims to:

  • Support the work of Ifrah Ahmed

  • Implement a National FGM/C Eradication Program in Somalia

  • Support similar initiatives in the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) region in Africa.


  • Ifrah became the first woman to broadcast her testimony about undergoing FGM/C.

  • Over one million people sign a petition to the Somalian president for the introduction of FGM/C legislation.

  • Ifrah appointed as Gender Advisor to the President of Somalia.

  • Ifrah appointed as Human Rights advisor to the Government of Somalia.

  • The first high-level conference of political and religious stakeholders convenes to debate FGM/C.

  • Initiated18-month in-depth research study on the status of FGM/C in Somalia.

  • Authored the methodology for the National Action Plan FGM/C abandonment in Somalia. 

  • Co-ordinated the first National Gathering on FGM attended by the Government Ministers.

  • Co-ordinated the Global Media Campaign Media Training Academy in Mogadishu.

  • Steering the Attorney General to commit to the first ever prosecution of FGM/C in Somalia following world-wide traction on the story of the death of 10-year old Deequa, who bled to death after the procedure.





bottom of page