Released: February 2019

Country: Ireland and Belgium

Director: Mary McGuckian

Producers: Mary McGuckian and Adrian Politowski

Lead Actors: Aja Naomi King, Martha Canga Antonio, Barkhad Abdi


A Girl from Mogadishu is a true story inspired by the life and work of Irish activist Ifrah Ahmed. The film follows Ifrah from childhood in a refugee camp in Somalia where she was born and subjected to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) to Ireland where she is trafficked a teenager and is eventually given political asylum. She then goes on to become one of the world’s foremost international activists against gender-based violence.

CCOI’s Role:

CCOI reviewed the script for accuracy with regard to references to the United Nations and provided feedback to the production, in addition to securing legal permission for the production to use the UN name and emblem in the film.

Related UN Issues:

The elimination of female genital mutilation, gender-based violence, Sustainable Development Goal #5 – Gender Equality

News Coverage:

[] ‘A Girl from Mogadishu’: Aja Naomi King Leads Female Empowerment Story