The movie charts Dirie’s journey from nomadic goat herder in Somalia to international model and campaigner against female genital mutilation. The benefit screening on March 7th in Paris was to raise funds that would be entirely donated to the French NGO Équilibres & Populations. This financing will help the association pursue its “Pilot Project for the Elimination of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in the Health District of Kayes, Mali”, involving among others, the immigrant communities from this region now residing in France.
*Read more about Desert Flower and the Waris Dirie Foundationhere.
"Violence against women is perhaps the most shameful human rights violation. It knows no boundaries of geography, culture or wealth. As long as it continues, we cannot claim to be making real progress towards equality, development and peace." - Kofi Ann