Leyla Hussein had mixed feelings when she found out that Queen Elizabeth II was naming her an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for her work to eliminate female genital mutilation. "I had to think hard about whether to accept," she says, citing the British history of colonialism. But in the end, proud of being British and living in a country that took in her parents as refugees from Somalia, she accepted the honor, along with fellow activist Nimco Ali. As young girls, both Hussein and Ali underwent female genital mutilation, or FGM, the practice of cutting a young girl's genitals, typically as a coming-of-age ritual. Across the world, an estimated 200 million women have undergone FGM. The two women and Sainab Abdi are co-founders of Daughters...
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The Queen Honors Two Women Who Seek To End Female Genital Mutilation