The Girl with Three Legs

A Memoir

by Soraya Miré, Eve Ensler

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  • 1569769281
  • 9781569767139
  • 9781569769287
  • 9781569769294
  • 9781569769300

Having experienced firsthand the horror of female genital mutilation (FGM), Soraya Miré reveals the personal violation and immense challenges she overcame. This book is at once an intimate revelation, a testament to the empowerment of women, and an indictment of the violent global oppression of women and girls. This forthright narrative recounts what it means to grow up female in a traditional Somali family, where girls' and women's basic human rights are violated on a daily basis. Forced into an arranged marriage to an abusive older cousin, Miré was also witness to the instability of Somalia's political landscapeher father was a general in the military dictatorship of Siad Barre. In her journey to recover from the violence done to her, Miré realizes FGM is the ultimate child abuse, a ritual of mutilation handed down from mother to daughter and protected by the word culture.” Despite the violations she endured, her words resonate with hope, humanity, and dignity. Her life story is truly one of inspiration and redemption.

  • Chicago Review Press; October 2011
  • ISBN: 9781569769287
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  • Title: The Girl with Three Legs
  • Author: Soraya Miré; Eve Ensler (other)
  • Imprint: Chicago Review Press
Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 1569769281
  • 9781569767139
  • 9781569769287
  • 9781569769294
  • 9781569769300

About The Author

Soraya Miré is a human rights activist, a filmmaker, and a survivor of and spokesperson against the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM). Her documentary film Fire Eyes, which explored the socioeconomic, psychological, and medical problems associated with FGM on a global scale, was shown at the Sundance Film Festival, the International Women's Conference in Beijing, the World Population Summit in Cairo, and the United Nations in Geneva and is used internationally as the definitive educational film on the topic of FGM. She has appeared in The Vagina Monologues and has been interviewed on Oprah, CNN, ABC’s Nightline, BET, and NPR. Articles about her activism have appeared in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Chicago Tribune, Essence, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, and Variety. She is the recipient of the United Nations Humanitarian Award. She lives in Los Angeles. Eve Ensler is the author of The Vagina Monologues, a theatrical and publishing sensation that sold more than half a million copies worldwide and has been translated into 27 languages. Winner of a Guggenheim and Obie award, she is the cofounder and guiding spirit of V-day, an international movement to fight violence against women and girls. She lives in New York City.

Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 1569769281
  • 9781569767139
  • 9781569769287
  • 9781569769294
  • 9781569769300