Since the legendary Carl Cox shouted her out as dance music’s most underrated DJ in 2009, Nicole Moudaber has busted her butt year in and year out to build a techno empire. In 2018, Moudaber has been making big moves as a DJ, producer, radio show host, and label boss; I can’t wait to see what comes from the techno legend in 2019. In addition to being an undoubted legend of techno, Moudaber also recently launched Eleven, a campaign she’s pioneered in hopes to end the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM), a brutal religious and cultural practice in which a young girl’s genitalia are ritually cut, removed or partially sewn shut.
Moudaber named the charity campaign based on the statistic of how many girls are undergoing the procedure worldwide on a minute to minute basis:
“Every minute, somewhere in the world, 11 girls undergo female genital mutilation.”
That adds up to nearly 6 million girls each year.
In a recent interview with DJ Mag, Moudaber describes how she became passionate on the topic of FGM:
“The first time I heard about it and saw some documentaries about it was when I was at university here in England. I was here in my apartment and I had CNN on. And suddenly I hear this screaming of this child. I ran to see what was going on and it was, in fact, a documentary talking about FGM and actually showing what was going on. It affected me so much that honestly, I felt the pain, and I started to cry. I thought it was really unjust to have this going on in the world. And ever since that point, I got obsessed and I wanted to do something about it. It really freaked me out.”
All of the money raised by Moudaber’s Eleven charity is contributed go to women’s rights organization Magool. The organization was founded by Somali-British psychotherapist, activist and Guardian columnist Leyla Hussein.
You can purchase ELEVEN Charity Bracelet (pictured above) on Moudaber’s shop page and 100% of the proceeds will be donated to Magool. Donations are also taken on Moudaber’s GoFundMe page with the hopes of raising 10,000 pounds ($12,708).
For anyone in LA looking to see the techno goddess in action, Moudaber will be playing in LA club Avalon tonight. Tickets can be found here.