April 30 2016, category: Press Releases
You are warmly invited to Clitoraid's first International Web Conference MY BODY, MY CLITORIS on Sat May 7 at 7PM, EST time (access is totally free of charge - click here for access). This enticing, one-hour presentation on the clitoris, a cherished female anatomical treasure, promises to dazzle you and to leave you with a deep feeling of peace! The educational, playful conference aims at unveiling the mysteries of the clitoris, stripping it of all guilt and shame, and leaving it to stand 'pleasure-ready', as it was designed to be. The conference is part of Clitoris Awareness Month in May. It will be graciously hosted by Clitoraid's international Communications Director, Nadine Gary.

Clitoraid has invited a panel of experts in female sexuality and sexual pleasure:

Dr. Marci Bowers, MD, Gynecologist and Gender Reassignment surgeon. Dr. Bowers is Clitoraid's volunteer surgeon. She performs clitoral restorative surgery on Female Genital Mutilation survivors in San Francisco, CA. Dr. Bowers will address the anatomy of the clitoris, literally inside and out!

Dr Betty Dodson, PhD Sexologist has been one of the principal voices for women's sexual pleasure and health for over three decades. Dr. Dodson continues her private practice as a sex coach in New York City. She will share her expertise as a sexologist and sex coach to help women overcome their taboos and hang ups about their clitoris and sexual pleasure.

Michael Lenke, German inventor of the innovative vibrator The Womanizer that is revolutionizing the way women stimulate their clitoris.

Florence Laudoyer, Sassy Sensual Meditation guide and Raelian Priestess will present playful clitoral masturbation techniques with hands and toys to stimulate the senses and reach delicious orgasms.

Shizue Kaneko, Japanese Sensual Meditation guide and Raelian Priestess will share in the art of "owning one's orgasm" as a gateway to one's happiness and ultimately universal peace. She will address 'uninhibited sex' as a vessel to enhance femininity and refinement.

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April 24 2016, category: Press Releases
LAS VEGAS, April 28 – To celebrate its annual Clitoris Awareness Month during May (which coincides with Masturbation Month*), the non-profit organization Clitoraid will launch a new campaign, MY BODY, MY CLITORIS.

“This campaign will invite women to revere their magnificent anatomy and transcend beyond millennia of sexual shame and guilt,” said Clitoraid Spokesperson Nadine Gary.

She explained that Clitoraid provides clitoral restoration surgery to victims of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). The organization launched “Clitoris Awareness Month” 3 years ago to address the problem of culturally sanctioned FGM.

“FGM is more prevalent in some areas of the world than others, such as in West Africa, North Africa and the Middle East, but this horrific practice is a worldwide problem,” Gary said. “It’s time for all women to embrace their sexual self-esteem and uninhibited sexual expression!”

She said that as part of May’s planetary celebration, women are invited to -email- an anonymous, proud picture of their vulva and clitoris, regardless of age, race or sexual orientation.” The resulting collage will be part of a grand art project presented during Clitoraid’s free international online webinar, My Body My Clitoris, to be held on Saturday, May 7 from 7-8 p.m. (EST). Access is totally free of charge - click here for access).

“The webinar will feature an international panel of guests speakers, including Dr. Marci Bowers and Dr. Betty Dodson both experts in female sexuality,” Gary said. “We’re so pleased that they can share their expert knowledge concerning women’s sexual pleasure.” She added that sensual meditation advocates Florence Laudoyer and Shizue Kaneko “will share in the art of pleasuring oneself with hands and toys while accessing the nectar of one’s femininity.”

Gary explained that sensual meditation is a technique developed by spiritual leader Rael (rael.org), whose humanitarian vision paired with science inspired the creation of Clitoraid.

“He is the author of the book ‘Sensual Meditation,’” Gary said. “He wrote, and I quote, ‘The human being is linked by his or her receptors, the senses, to the infinite, which surrounds and composes him or her. By developing one’s sensuality, one develops one’s capacity to feel connected with the infinite, to feel infinite oneself.’”

* In May 1994, former Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders advocated teaching teenagers about masturbation as an alternative for those who were sexually active. Dr. Elders was fired by the Clinton administration for this innovative statement, but May has been deemed “Masturbation Month”.

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February 01 2016, category: Press Releases
LAS VEGAS, Feb. 6 – Clitoraid, an international, U.S.-based humanitarian organization that provides clitoral repair surgery for survivors of female genital mutilation (FGM), today announced its new partnership with the Gambian NGO 'Safe Hands for Girls.'

“As the world celebrates Zero Tolerance Day for FGM, we’re so very honored that Jaha Dukureh, head of Safe Hands for girls, has asked us to partner with her organization,” said Nadine Gary, director of communications for Clitoraid.
“We’ll now be working together to provide medical relief for FGM survivors by offering clitoral restorative surgery in the Gambia.”

Gary said Dukureh was born in the Gambia, where she endured genital mutilation as a child. She later became a celebrated FGM activist in her country and was nominated to be its Woman of the Year in 2015.

“Two months ago, her fight against FGM led to the passing of a historical bill banning FGM in the Gambia,” Gary said.
"And over the holidays, while Jaha was recovering from her own clitoral repair surgery in San Francisco, she received official papers from the Gambian government granting her the land on which to build an FGM medical center. She was told that the Gambian president had personally selected it!"

Gary said Clitoraid’s volunteers, including Clitoraid's lead surgeon Dr. Marci Bowers, who operated on Dukureh, are looking forward to the joint venture.

“This is a life-saving, life-changing humanitarian joint mission, one that is supported by the government of the Gambia, and we hope it will inspire the newly elected president of Burkina Faso to have his health minister issue the permit for Clitoraid's hospital to finally open in Bobo Dioulasso,” Gary said. “Our brand new, state-of-the-art medical facility has remained closed for 2 years while thousands of FGM survivors desperately await this life-saving, life-changing humanitarian treatment.”
October 30 2015, category: Press Releases
Washington DC, Friday Oct 30 - Dr. Marci Bowers, Clitoraid's volunteer surgeon will be the keynote speaker at the Walk to End FGM in Washington DC, Saturday Oct 31 hosted by the Global Women P.E.A.C.E. Foundation . In the past eight year, Dr. Bowers, a renowned gender reassignment surgeon in San Francisco, CA has been surgically restoring the clitoris of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) victims both in the US and in Burkina Faso, Africa.

The Walk to End FGM has been endorsed by Governor Larry Hogan of Maryland who stated in writing: “Thank you for your efforts to raise awareness for and to help prevent this horrible trend. It is my hope that this year’s Walk to End FGM will mark a milestone in both participation and donations raised so that you may continue this crucial work for years to come.”

The Walk also received Well Wishes from a number of U.S. State Governors. Calls were received from Texas Governor Greg Abbott, New Jersey Governor, Chris Christie, Virginia Governor, Terry McAuliffe and California Governor, Jerry Brown. Governors Andrew Cuomo of New York and Jay Inslee of Washington sent letters with “best wishes for a successful event”.

Female Genital Mutilation is a heinous and atrocious practice, which is the intentional removal of either part or all of the external female genitalia for non-medical reasons. According to current statistics from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), 513,000 girls are either at risk or are living with the consequences of FGM in the U.S.

The event will be hosted by Angela Peabody, president of Global Women P.E.A.C.E. Foundation whose organization will issue Recognition Awards to eleven deserving women at this year’s walk-A-thon.

Shelby Quast, Project Director for Equality Now will be among the guest speakers as well as three brave survivors of female genital mutilation (FGM). The President of the Guinean Women Association in the U.S. along with Miss Guinea are expected to be in attendance.

This second annual Walk to End FGM will take place Saturday, October 31, 2015 at 8:00am on the National Mall in Washington, D.C at the corner of Constitution Avenue and 15th Street, NW. The proceeds from the walk-A-thon will benefit The Global Woman SUPPORT CENTERS located in Washington, D.C. and Arlington, VA., serving survivors and at-risk girls of female genital mutilation (FGM). Special Media passes will be issued to members of the Media on location.

Speakers and Award Recipients will be available for interviews prior to, during or following the event.
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