Maryann Mohamoud is a native Somalian who has lived in the United States for 23 years. During her time here, she has worked as an advocate and educator in the Somalian Refugee Community in Boston and Western Massachusetts helping Refugee families get settled in their new community. Maryann has been an outspoken advocate against Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and founder of Breaking The Silence: A Safe Haven. The roots of this program were started at the Madina Hospital in Mogadishu, Somalia where Maryann counseled survivors of FGM on the health and emotional issues related to their trauma. Through this work, it became clear that many women who were forced to undergo FGM were also victims of domestic violence later in their marriages. The issues of FGM and domestic violence are very much related. Breaking The Silence-A Safe Haven is a program that provides a safe place for woman and girls to: dialog openly and in confidence about FGM, learn, and build community. Maryann also provides training for the medical community. Maryann has been working on issues related to FGM since the 1980’s and continues to make an enormous positive impact on the lives of women and girls.
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