Efua Dorkenoo


 

 

 

Age: 65

 

Summary: acting director of women's health at the World Health Organization in the late 1990's who helped to lead a successful 30-year campaign against the tradition of genital cutting of girls and women (mainly in Africa and the Middle East) by casting the practice as a human rights violation, but who started organizations to battle genital cutting and coordinated the effort more broadly at the WHO.

 

 

Cause of Death: Cancer

 

Born: September 6, 1949

 

Died: October 18, 2014

 

Location: London, England