A mother and her daughter are stopped over fears the 10-year-old was at risk of female genital mutilation abroad.Read more
Nimko Ali describes herself as an oversharer. As someone who's campaigned against Female Genital Mutilation - something she has been through herself - by talking publicly about it and lifting the veil. But while FGM was the subject that encouraged her to speak up, she's made it her mission to explore ALL the taboos around women's health and biology, including periods, orgasms, childbirth and the menopause. Her new book - "What We're Told Not to Talk About (But We're Going to Anyway)" - includes stories from 42 women in 14 different countries - including Ethiopia and Syria. As this is about exploring taboos - some people may find some of these subjects uncomfortable. (Photo: Nimko Ali. Credit: Getty Images)
Sierra Leone's first lady, Fatima Maada Bio, has defended her decision not to campaign on female genital mutilation (FGM), describing it as "a controversial subject that I'm trying to really remove myself from".
Ms Maada Bio, who is a passionate advocate for women's rights including early marriage and rape, said that as a "circumcised woman" herself, she has not seen enough evidence to campaign on the subject.
"It's not like I am not passionate about it, it's just that I don't know much about it," she told BBC Focus on Africa.
She said she has been circumcised since she was a child and does not know what life is like otherwise.
She said that neither of her two daughters are circumcised, not because she does not believe in the practice, but because they are scared of injections and pain.
Dr Leyla Hussein has had first-hand experience of female genital mutilation. She explains how mothers feel pressurised into putting their daughters through the practice, even when - in Leyla's case - the father's family may not insist on it. "I was pinned down by the women who I trusted the most." Photo: Woman walking alone Credit: Getty Images
Gemma Abbott of Free Periods, Sam Smethers of the Fawcett Society, and writer and activist Nimco Ali on their campaigns.