The link between female genital cutting and cases of keloid, dysmenorrhea and urinary incontinence became clear. Five years ago, I decided not to practice excision any more. Soon after, my village decided to ban FGM.
The world's young people -- both this generation and the next -- will face a truly stark reality unless a far higher level of attention, resources, and commitment to action is mustered to combat rising youth unemployment.
Young people around the world are responding in a defiant manner: mobilizing for education in a way that has never before been seen and calling for world leaders to respond urgently to the global education crisis.
The Day of the Girl is a way for everyone to do their part and demand more, so that no classroom door is ever closed on a girl, so that no girl is married off before her 15th birthday and so that every person has the opportunity to reach their full potential.
Education is imperative in developing countries, but even more so for women and young girls. Females are not as valued in many countries across the Middle East, where regions are dominated by radicals.
As we near the 2015 target for achieving the Millennium Development Goals, there is a great need to ensure the rights of women and girls are at the forefront of the minds of everyone, from government to civil society.
Take a walk for ten years in Rea Dol's shoes and you might learn something about the imperialist attitude of NGOs in Haiti. "They would not help me before the quake. Why would I bother to ask them now?"