Dr Bogaletch Gebre (1953 - 2019)
It has been announced by KMG Ethiopia, the charity she founded to lead change to end female genital mutilation (FGM) in her home country, that Dr Bogaleth Gebre passed away on 2nd November.
Dr Gebre overcame many challenges to become a formidable campaigner for the rights of girls and women. Her legacy is the thousands of girls in Ethiopia who have been spared from the pain and suffering of FGM.
Magool Founder Dr Leyla Hussein first met Dr Gebre at an international conference in 2005 and remembers her impact. "Her message was one of hope but she was realistic about the challenges we faced to end FGM and that this needed to be a long campaign. It was also very important to have powerful role models like Dr Gebre leading work in Africa against the oppression of girls and women. She was an inspiration to many and now we must take forward her vision and continue the work to make sure every girl, wherever she is in the world, is protected from FGM."
Visit the KMG Ethiopia website to learn more about Dr Gebre.