Nancy Durrell McKenna


“Travel, photography and film are my passions. Through the lens, I have explored globally various cultures and traditions. Photography and film are powerful communication tools that supersede the limitations imposed by literacy and language. They can enhance, inspire and empower us to take action.

I have seen first-hand the impact of female genital mutilation and the physical and mental toll it can have on girls and their families. I have witnessed women suffer a lifetime of pain as a result of complications in pregnancy and childbirth resulting in an obstetric fistula which if left untreated leaves them marginalised from their communities and abandoned to their shame.

And I have witnessed moments of great joy: a woman receiving her choice of family planning, the delivery of a healthy baby with a skilled midwife, the deinfibulation of a woman who has suffered the worst form of FGM, the look of empowerment on the face of a young educated girl, food on the table, availability of free sanitary products for high school girls, an HIV positive couple who with the help of antiretroviral drugs, give birth to a healthy baby, clean water that flows from a nearby spicket, beauty of adornment, a grandfather holding the hand of his grandson….and so much more.”

Featured in the media

La planificación familiar en el Tercer Mundo: el reto de Nancy Durrell McKenna

La fotógrafa y activista canadiense Nancy Durrell McKenna presenta en una exposición en La Coruña.

Nancy Durrell McKenna - UCLA Los Angeles Global Health Conference 2020 and Beyond: Spotlight on a Shared Future

HELLO!’s editor-in-chief Rosie Nixon joined by stars to raise awareness for important cause

HELLO!’S editor-in-chief Rosie Nixon, Hibo Wardere Author and FGM Activist, Nancy Durrell McKenna


“The Cutting Tradition”
Best Documentary Award at the Australian Victoria Independent Film Festival
Best Direction at the Philadelphia Documentary and Fiction Festival in 2010

“Birth: Eight Women’s Stories”
The Gold Award, New York International Film and Television Festival, 1993
The Bronze Award, British Medical Association Film and Video Competition, 1994

“KwaZulu South Africa” 
The Times Educational Supplement Junior Information Book Award 1985


ZigZag TVG Interview

Midwives and Safe Motherhood

Fireside Chat