The death of Bogaletch Gebre’s sister from female genital mutilation motivated her to save at least one girl from that fate when she returned to Ethiopia after 15 years in the United States. She hugely surpassed her goal, nearly eradicating FGM from her home region and saving tens of thousands of girls from potential injury and death. A turning point came in 2002, with the first public celebration of the marriage of an uncut girl. By 2008, 97 percent in her region opposed FGM, and she’s hoping for funding to scale up and eradicate it in all of Ethiopia.
Learn more about her remarkable story here and support Bogaletch’s work here.