Mariya Taher to represent Sahiyo at Women Deliver Conference


Sahiyo is proud to report that cofounder Mariya Taher has been invited by the Orchid photo (3)Project to attend the Women Deliver Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark and speak at a side event on Tuesday, May 17, 2016, title Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting: Achieving the Global Goal, Together.  Detailed information on side event below:

Name of Event: Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C): Achieving the Global Goal, Together

Organizers: Orchid Project

Date: Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Time: 18:00 – 20:00

Description: In partnership, Orchid Project and The Girl Generation will host an interactive panel event to highlight prevalence of FGM/C in countries worldwide and discuss strategies for achieving progress against Global Goals target 5.3. Diverse speakers from practising countries will unite to share their personal experiences, bringing local activism to the global stage. Audience members will be encouraged to share and compare learnings from different contexts, discussing effective current methods and strategies for ending FGC. Together we aim to take advantage of the recently enshrined target in the Global Goals to hold governments to account and work towards a world free from FGM/C.

Speakers Include:

  • Dr Linah Jebill Kilimo, Chair of Anti-FGM Board, Kenya
  • Mariya Taher, Sahiyo, India and United States
  • Kelechukwu Nwachukwu, Nigerian youth activists
  • Filzah Sumartono, Singaporean youth activists from AWARE


  • Julia Lalla-Maharajh, Orchid Project
  • Faith MWangi-Powell, The Girl Generation


Women Deliver, the world’s largest conference on the health, rights, and wellbeing of girls and women in the last decade, will be held on May 16-19th. The conference will bring together diverse voices and interests to drive progress in maternal, sexual, and reproductive health and human rights. Allies from around the world will come together to build capacity, share solutions, and forge partnerships, together creating coalitions, communications, and action that spark political commitment and investment in girls and women.

The work of Women Deliver will include:

  • Convening global and regional conferences
  • Engaging new allies in the movement
  • Building the next generation of advocates
  • Developing advocacy tools and resources.

To learn more about the conference, you can visit

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