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A pioneer in the fight against Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) has revealed the experiences of African women facing this controversial practice in a captivating new book.

Berhane Ras-Work has released The Unbidden Pain, taking the reader on a moving journey through her 27-year campaign against female excision, towards a culture where this tradition might finally be eradicated.

Ras-Work’s personal narrative touchingly shows how global attention was gradually secured around the issue, and how positive changes were achieved through the encouragement of community responsibility, offering hope to women throughout the world.

She extensively records experiences of victory in the face of daunting challenges, doubts, crises and the grotesquely odd situations faced by women and girls. Through her words, Ras-Work demonstrates how self-assertiveness and bonding has helped to resolve this sensitive issue.

By acknowledging the place of discourse within the community, among youths, leaders and technocrats, she shows a practical and refreshing way of ensuring women’s rights within an evolving Africa.

About the Author: Berhane Ras-Work has been instrumental in the fight against harmful traditional practices, especially FGM. She is a pioneer in encouraging community responsibility and helped form the Inter-African Committee on Harmful Practices Affecting the Health of Women and Children (IAC) where she has dedicated her entire life to supporting women and girls. Her commitment to the campaign against FGM has earned her several national and international awards, including The Netherlands Medal and the Grand Decoration of Honour for Services to the Republic of Austria and she says her life’s ambition is to see a world devoid of practices that harm the integrity of women and girls. The dossier on FGM would not be complete without her. She is married to Terrefe Ras-Work and has three children.