Most Sierra Leoneans and Africans in general probably are unaware that today, February 6th, was years ago declared "International Zero-Tolerance For Female Genital Mutilation Day".
On this day, February 6th 2014, we are delighted to announce the New SiA Magazine - now called SiA and the Shabaka Stone. The New SiA Magazine is the first of its kind to boldly celebrate Bondo or Sande, our traditional women's associations in Sierra Leone and other parts of West Africa. The New SiA Magazine is the first of its kind to boldly defend the rights and dignity of our mothers and grandmothers, our female ancestors and our powerful African spirit.
The New SiA Magazine is the first to focus on raising awareness about the traumatic psychosexual impact of anti-FGM campaigns, racist images and dubious youtube videos that graphically parade, shame and demonize circumcised African girls and women.
The New SiA Magazine is the first of its kind to challenge the racist singling out of circumcised African girls and women as "coerced" and "mutilated" while white European, American, Canadian, Australian and other western girls and women "freely" request and undergo so-called female genital "cosmetic" surgeries. We challenge the sexist hypocrisy that male infants and children can undergo "circumcision" for religious, cultural or hygienic reasons but the tiniest cut on an African girl is condemned as barbaric "mutilation" and child abuse.
In our promo video attached, The New SiA Magazine confronts these vile images of circumcised African women and labels them for the sexualized, voyeuristic, racist and colonialist propaganda they represent. We counter these backward images with positive representations of the resilience of African people, circumcised and uncircumcised, when we are oppressed.
The New SiA Magazine is a declaration to radical anti-FGM activists that there is no battle waged yet that can defeat the African Spirit.
Enjoy the promo, be troubled by it, but above all have the courage to "like" it and "share".