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Campaign to put an end to genital mutilation.

Byline: MICHAEL MCHUGH

A WORLDWIDE social media campaign against female genital mutilation is being launched here.

Ifrah Ahmed, 29, was born in Somalia and survived the barbaric practice.

She is 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 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 be launched at Dublin's Lighthouse Cinema tomorrow.

It is estimated at least 200 million females alive today have undergone some form of FGM.

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