Since becoming an MP, much of my time has been spent campaigning to prevent child abuse and to protect women and girls from violence. I have been outspoken against child marriage, which is often forced marriage and has devastating consequences. Unicef estimates there are 12 million child marriages in the world every year — that is 23 girls every minute. Such marriages can result in early pregnancy, social isolation, interrupted schooling, limited career opportunities and increased risk of domestic violence.
He made the comments at a media training session in the capital city, stating that the government is ready to go to court.
His announcement was backed by Deputy prime minister Mahdi Mohamed Gulaid who termed the announcement, “really a defining moment for Somalia.”
“It is not acceptable that in the 21st century FGM is continuing in Somalia. It should not be part of our culture. It is definitely not part of the Islamic religion. The prosecution of those involved in [Nuur’s death] will send a strong message to the country,” he said.