BENEFITING: Campaign Against female Genital Mutilation
EVENT DATE: Jun 16, 2012
HOURS PLEDGED: 84
Female genital mutilation also called female circumcision is the removal of part or all of the external female genitalia. In its most severe form, a woman or girl has all of her genitalia removed and then stitched together, leaving a small opening for intercourse and menstruation. It is practiced in 28 countries in western, eastern, and north-eastern Africa, in parts of the Middle East, and within some immigrant communities in Europe, North America, and Australasia on the pretext of cultural tradition or hygiene. An estimated 135 million girls have undergone FGM with dire consequences ranging from death, infection (including HIV) to sterility, in addition to the devastating psychological effects.
Without sponsors or a funded budget for it, we held this emergency conference due to lack of government protection to girls at risk of genital mutilation and the recent efforts to legalize FGM in Egypt. Help us pay for the costs of this conference to eradicate female genital mutilation. At this conference the voice of the voiceless women and girls subjected to female genital mutilation around the world was heard, and the heroes fighting FGM in Africa and around the world as they discussed the current status of FGM and united in eradication and victim assistance efforts.
The conference was FREE to the public and we need your help to cover the costs so we can continue to provide platforms for awareness and eradication even on emergency basis!
Location was: New York Academy of Medicine Conference Center 1216 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street, New York, NY 10029
Conference website: www.cagem.org/voice