No word from CAWWB for a while...it's been a very, very busy and chaotic few months. From contending with the Ebola health emergency in Sierra Leone to trying to get one's head wrapped around the country's current constitutional crisis concerning the elected vice president, there has no been no rest for the weary among us. As a community leader and activist, sometimes duty calls and one has no choice but to jump on board solving problems and working with others to tackle crises or difficulties affecting our folks back home and in the Diaspora.
It's been momentous I must say -- for example joining with other Concerned Sierra Leoneans to champion some of these issues on behalf of millions who are currently voiceless and politically marginalized in our native land. But duty does call elsewhere and the struggle continues for the rights of all women to choose what to do with our own bodies. Whether it's ending an unwanted pregnancy, donning the latest Brazilian weave, getting that belly button piercing or long overdue laser cellulite reduction procedure...it's our bodies. Don't judge me, right?
Yes, this means our nether regions too. Whether it's trimming the labia or reducing the clit or getting tightened up a bit down there or heck, doing a full on Caitlyn Jenner, can we not express ourselves how we want without somebody wanting to tell us what is or isn't politically correct? As the founder of African Women are Free to Choose, which focuses mainly on liberating circumcised women to celebrate our bodies, culture and genital aesthetics we are working hard to get the message out to women in our communities that it is much better to empower girls to make their own choices about their own bodies. In order to be successful in reaffirming the rights of African girls and women to choose, we also have to caution western activists, media, policymakers and other stakeholders about the counterproductive impact of anti-Female Genital Mutilation campaigns.
So, just want to keep my friends and devoted critics posted on a couple of my upcoming speaking engagements and some of my academic lectures and work from the not so distant past. Please check out my events page for an updated calendar and don't forget to drop me a line and tell me how much you support or even hate my platform as an advocate for self-confident and empowered circumcised women.
Upcoming Events and Presentations:
June 14, 2015
An Evening with SiA: Mande Women Rock! Washington, D.C. By invitation only. For location and time contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 19, 2015
Changes in Perceptions of Female Circumcision Among African Immigrant Girls and Women in the U.S.
NCIS CONFERENCE, YALE UNIVERSITY
New Haven, Connecticut, USA.
July 13, 2015
Problems and Contradictions in Global Policies Concerning Female Genital Cutting
34th International Congress of Law and Mental Health, Vienna Congres. INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY OF LAW AND MENTAL HEALTH
August 8, 2015
Vacation Cutting: Facts, Fiction and the Media Promotion of anti-FGM Activist Propaganda Banjul, The Gambia