A worldwide social media campaign against female genital mutilation (FGM) is being launched in Dublin tomorrow with the backing of the #MeToo movement.
The event will be led by Ifrah Ahmed (29), who was born in Somalia and survived the barbaric practice.
She is now living in Dublin and helped organise this week’s demonstration, which is supported by celebrities including singer Imelda May.
Activists aim to mark zero tolerance day for FGM with a million #MeToo sexual harassment campaigners using the hashtag #MeTooFGM to indicate their support.
Speaking at the launch of the National Plan of Action, Ms Ahmed said: “FGM is the ultimate form of violence against women and female children…the forcible removal of a child’s sexual organs to control her sexuality has been going on since the time of the Egyptian pharaohs.
“We are calling on all women everywhere who care about women’s rights to support their sisters in 30 countries across the world to call for an end to FGM.”
The Thunderclap social media platform will see activists from around the world take to the Twittersphere using the #MeTooFGM hashtag.
It will be launched at Dublin’s Light House Cinema tomorrow at 2pm.
It will be spread across six continents by activists.