Dublin, Ireland – On 25 November 2016, in celebration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, the Irish Parliament hosted Ms. Edna Adan Ismail, the former Foreign Minister of Somaliland.
The event, which the AWEPA Section in the Irish Parliament helped to organise, gave Irish MPs the opportunity to learn from Ms. Ismail’s vast experience and knowledge.
As a renowned advocate for women’s rights and a powerful champion in the fight against female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C), Ms. Ismail founded a groundbreaking maternity hospital where she has gathered important evidence to highlight the devastating impact of FGM/C on women and girls. During her visit to the Irish Parliament, she spoke about this practice and the culture of silence that surrounds it.
The meeting also discussed conflict in the region, and the appalling losses from which Somaliland, in particular, is trying to recover.
The visit was primarily arranged by Senator Alice Mary Higgins, a new AWEPA member, who is pictured on Ms. Ismail’s right shoulder. Also pictured is Hon. Maureen O’Sullivan TD, Senator Ivana Bacik and HOn. Jan O’Sullivan TD, Irish AWEPA members