Ajie Amie Ceesay, Acting Country Director and Legal Advisor
Diamond Bennah, Research and Social Media Manager
At SiA Inc. which owns SiA Magazine, we have been carefully recruiting committed staff, consultants and freelance contributors from around the world who believe in what we do. We are proud to present our research assistant and social media manager, Diamond Bennah, who has been working with us since February 2018. Follow us on Twitter @maminapawa and on Instagram @mami_na_pawa! Make sure to also subscribe to our new YouTube channel, Dr. Fuambai Ahmadu.
Dr. Fuambai Ahmadu is the NOSLINA "Diamond Award" Winner of 2018!!
15 years of Service to Sierra Leonean and Gambian Communities!
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Female Circumcision Awareness Week in Sierra Leone
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No place for "FGM" in the 21st Century says President Barack Obama?
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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..