Somali-born Irishwoman Ifrah Ahmed  is working alongside  the London-based Global Media Campaign Against FGM to combat the practice in Somalia. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

The authorities in Somalia have said they will prosecute those responsible for the death of a 10-year-old girl who bled to death recently after being (...)

Ifrah Ahmed, Shaykh Dr Umar Al-Qadri and Dr Chris Fitzpatrick at the Al-Mustafa Islamic Centre  in Dublin., Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A fatwa against female genital mutilation (FGM) “in all its forms” has been issued by Shaykh Dr Umar Al-Qadri, head imam of the Islamic Centre of Ire(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris: FGM is never ever justifiable.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The Minister for Health Simon Harris has condemned comments made by a Muslim cleric in relation to female genital mutilation (FGM) as being “offensive(...)

Dr Ali Selim of the Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland.  File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The views of a prominent member of the Muslim community in Ireland on female genital mutilation are “medically incorrect and highly dangerous”, a lead(...)

A warning sign against female genital mutilation in Uganda. The UN estimates more than 200 million girls and women have experienced FGM.  Photograph: Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP/Getty Images

The practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) on young women living in Ireland has increased significantly in recent years with the number of women (...)

Ifrah Ahmed  with Somali prime minister Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke. Photograph: Ifrah Ahmed.

A woman who arrived in Ireland in 2006 as a 17-year-old asylum seeker has been appointed as an adviser to Somalia’s prime minister. Ifrah Ahmed is (...)

Ifrah Ahmed: FGM is now illegal in Ireland and Ifrah hopes to stop the practice of it in Somalia. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

I was born and brought up in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia. In 1996 I left the city with some members of my family in order to escape the conflict(...)