69. Yvonne Obura
An inspirational trainee doctor who has educated thousands of medical students about Female Genital Mutilation.
Yvonne’s award was presented by Prime Minister David Cameron at the Government’s Girl Summit to mobilise efforts to end female genital mutilation and child marriage within a generation.
When Yvonne started practicing medicine in the UK, she quickly realised that awareness of Female Genital Mutilation amongst doctors was low and needed to increase. Yvonne contacted UK-based charity Orchid Project and helped to develop training materials which provide guidance on how to approach cases of Female Genital Mutilation including clarifying the UK legal position, setting out the medical complications that can arise and stating the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists policy.
Prime Minister David Cameron said:
“I’m hugely impressed that Yvonne has worked so hard to educate fellow medical students about female genital mutilation. Only by working together to raise awareness of this disgusting and unacceptable practice can we end it for good. Yvonne is playing an important role in these vital efforts and I’m delighted to make her a Point of Light.”
“I am delighted and honoured to receive this award. Through this work, I have encountered truly passionate individuals who are dedicated to bringing an end to female genital cutting. Together, we can realise this goal within a generation.”
John Glen, MP for Salisbury said:
“I am delighted to acknowledge the critical contribution that Yvonne is making to increase awareness of female genital cutting amongst medical students. This award is recognition of Yvonne’s commitment to making future doctors aware of this vile practice. Many congratulations!”
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