PTSD, The plight of FGM in The Gambia, Africa

Slowly changing, but unmoving: The plight of FGM in The Gambia, Africa A Stop FGM – Female Genital Mutilation sign in Bakau New Town, Gambia gives a phone number to reach for those women who want talk with someone about FGM. Image: Nichol Brummer/Flickr London, UNITED KINGDOM, WESTERN EUROPE: Rainy season in upcountry rural Gambia, is green. It is a warm, inviting blend of a thousand greens; a mixture of beautiful, calm, peaceful mingling greens. As I look around and soak in the reality … [Read more...]

Bogaletch Gebre – WOMAN of ACTION™

  A Celebration of Women™ is elated to Celebrate the Life of this powerhouse woman leader, Ethiopian activist Bogaletch Gebre has won an international prize for her campaign to eradicate female genital mutilation (FGM)..   WOMAN of ACTION™           Bogaletch Gebre     Bogaletch Gebre, Founder and Executive Director of KMG Ethiopia wins the 2012-2013 King Baudouin African Development prize. She was awarded the King Baudouin … [Read more...]

Kakenya Ntaiya – WOMAN of ACTION™

  A Celebration of Women™ is elated to Celebrate the Life of this spiritual driven woman, one that has devoted her life to bettering the lives of girls by providing them with the education they need to achieve a self-sustainable lifestlye, specializing on the Maasai community.        WOMAN of ACTION™ Kakenya Ntaiya Founder of Kakenya Center for Excellence       Life for Kakenya Ntaiya was supposed to follow the traditional path. … [Read more...]

Eve Ensler says ‘Thank You’

To all of our activists, regardless of how you rose THANK YOU for making 14 February 2013 the largest global action in history to end violence against women and girls! “Together on 14 February, we expressed our outrage and joy and our firm global call for a world where women are free and safe and cherished and equal. One Billion Rising brought together coalitions of groups and individuals that have never worked together before and galvanized new supporters and associations and masses of men … [Read more...]

Eve Ensler – WOMAN of ACTION™

  A Celebration of Women™ is inspired to Celebrate the Life of one of our world's most active women on this planet. Rising above her own challenges in youth, and through all the actions of her life, she has grown into a true power of example for all women to  unite globally and become strong so to Take Action, Rise Up and Stop Violence Against Women. She has devoted her life to stopping violence, envisioning a planet in which women and girls will be free to thrive, rather than merely … [Read more...]

7 Days, 1 Billion Will Rise – A Video Message from Eve

    In 7 Days, 1 Billion Will Rise - A Video Message from Eve No matter where you are, in a week we will rise together as one. With the addition of Laos, Liberia, Monaco, and Palestine, we are now up to 197 countries and territories taking part in what will be the largest global day of action the world has ever seen. In seven days, starting in Samoa, the sun will rise on 14 February, kicking off 48 hours worldwide of striking, dancing, and rising. To send you into your … [Read more...]

World Pulse Joins V-Day !!!

World Pulse Joins V-Day in calling for the world to rise against gender-based violence. V-Day's Campaign, One Billion Rising began as a call to action based on the staggering statistic that 1 in 3 women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. With the world population at 7 billion, this adds up to more than one billion women and girls. On 14 February 2013, V-Day's 15th Anniversary, activists, writers, thinkers, celebrities and women and men across the world will … [Read more...]

February 6 – International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation

Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation The International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation is observed each year to raise awareness about this practice. Female genital mutilation of any type has been recognized as a harmful practice and violation of the human rights of girls and women. WHO is committed to the elimination of female genital mutilation within a generation and is focusing on advocacy, research and guidance for health professionals and health … [Read more...]

FGM: New research highlights link between FGM/C and mental disorders

FGM: Female genital mutilation and other harmful practices Health consequences of female genital mutilation Female genital mutilation may cause mental health problems This pilot study investigated the mental health of women following genital mutilation. A number of experts have in the past assumed that women undergoing genital mutilation would be more likely to develop psychiatric illnesses than women in the general population but there has been little research to confirm this … [Read more...]

Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting – Tide is finally turning ‘against’ FGM

For centuries, female genital mutilation or cutting has been practiced throughout much of Africa. But dealing as it does with a very intimate subject, FGM/C was often spoken of, if at all, only in whispers. Today the movement against it is open, public and highly visible. And FGM/C seems to be out in the open and on its way out. Farmers in remote villages in Mali are listening to radio talk shows debating the issue. Community groups in Senegal talk about it in terms of human rights. Islamic … [Read more...]

FGM – Fight in Africa is succeeding, a milestone to Celebrate!

     Fight against FGM in Africa succeeding     The fight to end female genital mutilation or FGM in Africa is succeeding, despite deep-rooted cultural and social pressures, according to a new study by the UN Children's Fund, UNICEF.  Woman holds scarf as symbol for campaign against FGM   The report says the practice of FGM remains high in Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan. Marixie Mercado from UNICEF says that reversing the practice, which has endured for centuries, is a … [Read more...]

Avaaz: Stop 'Corrective Rape' — let's reach 1 million‏

Wow! Nearly 700,000 of us have take action to stop 'corrective rape' and activists in South Africa have forced the government into talks. Let's urgently reach a million and ramp up the pressure for concrete action — click below to sign and forward this email to everyone: Take Action! Dear friends, ‘Corrective rape’, the vicious practice of raping lesbians to ‘cure’ their sexuality, is becoming a crisis in South Africa. Activists on the ground are risking their lives to stop this brutal … [Read more...]

Female Genital Cutting (FGM) – Ending in Northern Ethiopia, celebrate!

  Two Districts in Northern Ethiopia  Declare an End to Female Genital Cutting       AFAR, Ethiopia — An official declaration marking the abandonment of female genital cutting was issued recently in the Amibara and the Awash-Fentale districts of Ethiopia’s Afar Region. The effort to abandon cutting started nearly 10 years ago in both districts. In 2008, UNICEF and UNFPA began a joint programme to support that effort in Semera town. The initiative culminated this past November in two separate … [Read more...]

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