|Female genital mutilation is commonplace in parts of Africa and the Middle East|
FGM is an insane procedure often performed without anesthetic and in less than sterile conditions. It's incredibly painful and physically scars the girl for life and, most likely, psychologically scars her as well.
It is a cultural tradition common to both Islam and Christianity in sub-Saharan Africa. One has to wonder if they think God erred in His designing girls, that they have to fix His work. What blasphemy!
It's part of the 3:15 PM prayer module above. Please pray for an end to this barbaric procedure.
Ms Haase received the order of St Olav at the Royal Palace in Oslo for her work for women and children.
She fled Somalia for Norway with her three daughters in 1992.
Herself a victim of domestic abuse and female genital mutilation, she told the BBC that her campaigning came directly from her experience.
As well as genital mutilation, forced marriage, domestic violence and poverty, she said she had endured trafficking.
"I had to use my own body so that I could come out of Africa to come to Europe to give my three daughters life without violence," she said.
Ms Haase had no formal education when she arrived in Norway. She put herself through primary and secondary schools, eventually obtaining a university degree in nursing.
Working with Norwegian charity Amathea, she became a passionate campaigner against FGM.
She also works on a national board to combat racism and promote understanding between different cultures.
God bless you, Safia.