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"Imitated Not Mutilated"
Launch of SiA Magazine in Freetown, Sierra Leone!
No more exciting way to begin my blog season (Tuesdays and Thursdays - September 2016 to June 2017) than with the launch of SiA Magazine Fall 2016 in Sierra Leone! And no better time than now when the world is tuned into the strongwomen of Sierra Leone standing up for our rights, dignity and humanity at the highest corridors of global power.
Our counter campaign for equal rights is off the ground: From grassroots Bondo women's spontaneous protests in Bo last August following a Guardian UK "training workshop"; to the chiming in of educated professional Bondo women against western funded NGOs tweeting lies surrounding the unfortunate death of a 19 year old young woman in Makeni; and, of course, none of these to be outdone by the bold advocacy of our Minister of Social Welfare, Gender and Children's Affairs, Honorable Dr. Sylvia Blyden on behalf of the Government of Sierra Leone and the majority of affected women in our country last week at the Geneva conference on the Convention of the Rights of the Child.
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BBC HARDtalk: No place for "FGM" in the 21st Century says President Barack Obama - My Response
First of all, I will start off by saying that it was an incredible honor to be on BBC HARDtalk, which was aired on Monday, January 11, 2016. I think Stephen Sackur did a fine job as an interlocutor and I appreciated the opportunity to engage with another smart, passionate African female activist who is concerned about the empowerment of girls and women on the subcontinent and Diaspora. This was a very intense, very personal and sometimes deeply emotional discussion of an aspect of our private lives that has become such a heated, controversial, political and global issue...continue reading "crazy as we wanna be" blog
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Starting in the early 1980s, media coverage of customary African genital surgeries for females has been problematic and overly reliant on sources from within a global activist and advocacy movement opposed to the practice, variously described as female genital mutilation, female genital cutting, or female circumcision. Here, we use the more neutral expression female genital surgery. In their passion to end the practice, anti-mutilation advocacy organizations often make claims about female genital surgeries in Africa that are inaccurate or overgeneralized or that don't apply to most cases.
The aim of this article—which we offer as a public policy advisory statement from a group of concerned research scholars, physicians, and policy experts—is not to take a collective stance on the practice of genital surgeries for either females or males. Our main aim is to express our concern about the media coverage of female genital surgeries in Africa, to call for greater accuracy in cultural representations of little-known others, and to strive for evenhandedness and high standards of reason and evidence in any future public policy debates. In effect, the statement is an invitation to actually have that debate, with all sides of the story fairly represented. Read more..