March 07 2015, category: Press Releases
Clitoraid supports Heather Hironimus, a Palm Beach County, FL resident who is facing a prison sentence for refusing to have her 4 year old little boy genitally mutilated or "circumcised" as the medical community lightly calls cutting off a part of a boy's penis who has no say in this matter.

“Bodily harm is against the fundamental rights of all children, and we can’t understand when a so-called civilized country such as the United States would allow its male babies to be so readily mutilated legally!" said Nadine Gary, spokesperson for Clitoraid.

Clitoraid (clitoraid.org) is the international, non-profit organization founded by Rael, spiritual leader of the Raelian Movement (rael.org), to end Female Genital Mutilation by offering free clitoral repair surgery to victims of this barbaric act. Now the organization is urging a worldwide end to genital mutilation of male children as well.

“The United Nations passed a resolution that condemns all cultural and religious arguments in favor of FGM because the act constitutes a gross violates of children rights,” Gary said. “But how can the U.N. ban Female Genital Mutilation and not denounce Male Genital Mutilation as well? Is it exempting certain religions from respecting the fundamental right of baby boys?”

Gary said that according to the World Health Organization, 30 percent of males worldwide are circumcised.

“This means billions of people have been mutilated without their consent,” Gary said.

Brigitte Boisselier, Ph.D., head of Clitoraid, affirmed that mutilation of any baby or child in the name of a god is unacceptable.

“It’s been done for centuries under the pretense that a god requested it, but no religion should be allowed to harm infants or children who can’t give informed consent,” she said. “We’re setting up a hospital in Africa that’s due to open next year, where female victims can go to have genital repair surgery for free. “And, thanks to Clitoraid, thousands more can find relief at several clinics in North America. But we’ve also been getting e-mail from hundreds of circumcised men who want to have their own mutilation undone. They need help too! So, as Rael has repeatedly stated, it’s urgent to have all the old scriptures reviewed by an independent committee on human rights so that all religious group practices are in agreement with the Declaration of Human Rights.”
February 07 2015, category: Press Releases
The documentary is a rare opportunity to go behind the scenes into the mind of one of Clitoraid's patients, an FGM victim who is about to have her Clitoral Repair Surgery.
Clitoraid wishes to thank this patient for allowing her story to be told and filmed so that it may help heal millions of other victims of FGM until genital cutting no longer exists.

February 01 2015, category: Press Releases
TORONTO, Feb. 4 – Dr. Harold Henning, volunteer surgeon for Clitoraid, a humanitarian organization that assists victims of female genital mutilation (FGM), will speak at the Humber College Lakeshore Campus in Toronto on Friday, Feb. 6, at 11 a.m., in honor of United Nations Zero Tolerance for FGM Day.

Henning, an American gynecologist, recently received permanent residency status in Canada. As a Clitoraid volunteer surgeon, he performs a revolutionary clitoral restoration procedure for FGM victims in both the United States and in Burkina Faso, West Africa, where Clitoraid is about to open the Kamkaso Pleasure Hospital in Bobo Dioulasso. The procedure restores clitoral functioning and the ability to experience sexual pleasure.

In addressing graduate students from the International Development Institute at Humber’s College Lakeshore Campus, Henning will focus on his life-changing, humanitarian mission to Bobo Dioulasso last March. While there, he and another Clitoraid surgeon, Dr. Marci Bowers, operated on 38 FGM victims.

“These women, like millions of others in sub-Saharan Africa and other parts of the world, endured the horrific practice of genital cutting when they were little girls,” Henning explained. “For most of their lives, they lived with a mutilated vulva and multiple health consequences, plus the inability to feel sexual pleasure. They were thankful to be free from this brutal past and to be given back their human dignity, in which sexual pleasure and integrity plays a central role.”

Throughout the year, Dr. Henning operates on FGM patients in Upstate, New York, U.S.A. Although FGM victims from Australia, Europe, Indonesia, Africa and the Middle East seek Clitoraid’s assistance, hundreds of thousands of victims also reside in North America, according to Henning.

“Many genitally mutilated women have migrated to Western countries,” he said. “An increasing number of them are actively seeking ways to reverse the damage done to them by FGM. Over and over, patients confide that FGM has ruined their lives and relationships.”

Henning said he is looking forward to training Canadian gynecologists in performing the clitoral repair procedure. And he hopes Canada will eventually cover patient costs, as France does now.

In Bobo Dioulasso, Feb. 6 will be celebrated on the grounds of Clitoraid’s Kamkaso Pleasure Hospital, where FGM-recovered patients and those awaiting surgery will gather.
November 24 2014, category: Press Releases
LAS VEGAS, Nov. 25 - According to the World Health Organization, the number of women and girls who have suffered the consequences of FGM is currently estimated at 165 million. And if the current trend continues, some 86 million girls worldwide are at risk of genital mutilation between now and the year 2030. Although many of them are African, Nadine Gary, Clitoraid’s Director of Communications - an international NGO based in the USA - said in a statement issued today that “the problem is now global and it should be eradicated once and for all."

"Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights," Gary said. "This means that the integrity of the individual, her dignity, and the physical autonomy of her body, including her genitalia, should in no way be violated against her will.”

"And this includes, women’s right to their sensuality and to their pleasure, as well as sexual pleasure," Gary added. Unfortunately, this right to sensuality and pleasure is still far from being recognized and taken into account in the fight to stop violence (including FGM) against women. Yet it is a fundamental right. Women are still strongly denied this right today. For instance, in Kenya, while justice is fighting against female circumcision, women are forcefully undressed in public because they are deemed too sexy. And in the UK, reconstructive surgery still does not include the clitoris (because it is considered an organ "only" for pleasure). Only the surgery to free the opening of the vagina is available, not to repair the clitoris."

To restore dignity to these women and their rights to pleasure, the grand opening of the Kamkasso Hospital (also called "Pleasure Hospital") built by Clitoraid in Bobo Dioulasso, Burkina Faso, is a necessity. Clitoraid, which fights against FGM since 2006, doubled down in its efforts to open this hospital on Feb. 6, 2015, a day the UN has declared, "Zero Tolerance to FGM."

"We offer a clitoral reconstructive surgery for victims of female circumcision," Gary stated.

Due to religious discrimination, adverse administrative misfortune have unfortunately delayed the hospital’s inauguration, and consequently the opening had to be postponed. However, Clitoraid’s American surgeons, all volunteers, have nevertheless been able to help 38 victims of genital mutilation at a nearby clinic. These patients came from Burkina Faso, other countries in West Africa and the Horn of Africa as well. Alas, Clitoraid’s waiting lists still count hundreds of other women and these women beg us every day to help them regain their dignity as a woman and their sense of pleasure (our surgeries are free).

The Clitoraid team works tirelessly for the hospital’s grand opening to take place in the spring of 2015 and any financial help is welcome.

Gary explains that during the inauguration of the hospital "volunteer surgeons such as Dr. Marci Bowers and Dr. Harold Henning will travel to Burkina Faso to launch this historic humanitarian mission and will then travel to Kenya to train other surgeons in Nairobi. Thanks to these doctors’ generosity, to donors, to all the Clitoraid volunteers, and to modern science, victims of female circumcision will be able to regain their sense of physical pleasure that was so brutally taken away from them. Their dignity as a woman will finally be restored."
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