Clitoraid launches its 2021 'Adopt a Clitoris' fundraising campaign to help FGM victims in Kenya.

February 04 2021, category: Press Releases
LAS VEGAS, Feb. 6 - The U.S. based NGO, Clitoraid has chosen the United Nations 'zero tolerance day for Female Genital Mutilation' (FGM) on Feb. 6, to launch its 2021 ‘Adopt a Clitoris’ fundraising campaign that will sponsor the clitoral restorative surgery (CRS) of FGM survivors during its 3rd Humanitarian Mission in Kenya, in October of this year.

"We call on the public to 'Adopt A clitoris', that is, to sponsor the 150 FGM Kenyan patients who will be scheduled for surgery during our upcoming mission this fall." explains Nadine Gary, Raelian guide and Clitoraid International Director of Operations.

"Any donated amount will make a difference!" says Gary, "These women are desperate to turn the page on the unspeakable trauma they’ve endured in their childhood and to finally recover their clitoris, this precious organ, solely dedicated to their sexual pleasure."

“The 'female circumcision' ritual, of unimaginable violence, consists in forcefully slicing off a portion of a child’s clitoris and sometimes her labia, without anesthesia”, Gary bemoans, “by denying women of their sexual pleasure, the hope is to turn them into chaste, subdued and faithful wives.”

“And this year, it’s worse!” Gary says.

It has been reported that the Covid related stringent measures have produced an increase in Sub-Saharan FGM cases.

“The reason is economical”, explains the spokeswoman, “circumcisers were striving to make ends meet while little girls were locked down in their homes and accessible.”

The Covid pandemic has also caused medical supplies to triple in cost in Kenya and today, the price of a CRS procedure is estimated at $600.

“That’s in spite of doctors such as Dr. Marci Bowers, Clitoraid's head surgeon and Dr. Adan Abdulahi, the host of the mission in Nairobi, and others, volunteering their services” adds Gary.

Clitoraid’s 'Adopt a clitoris' campaign unequivocally raises the issue of women's sexual pleasure as an inherent human right, a stance supported by both the United Nations and Rael Maitreya, the international spiritual leader whose humanitarian vision sparked the creation of Clitoraid in 2006.

Beyond Kenya, ‘Adopt a clitoris’ is a global call to denounce and erase centuries of shame and guilt around women’s sexual pleasure perpetrated by patriarchal Abrahamic religions for too long”, concluded Gary.

Clitoraid deplores sharp rise in numbers of FGM victims in Somalia during pandemic and plans clitoral restoration relief

June 06 2020, category: Press Releases
June 6, 2020, Ouagadougou, West Africa - . The US based NGO, Clitoraid, offering ongoing clitoral restorative surgery to FGM survivors in North America and Africa since 2009, is now planning to train Somali surgeons during its third annual humanitarian mission in Kenya in 2021 in order to offer clitoral restoration relief to an increased number of Somali girls who have endured Female Genital Mutilation during the Covid-19 lockdown.

“We’ve seen a massive increase [of FGM cases] in recent weeks,” said Sadia Allin, Plan International’s head of mission in Somalia.

"When the World Health Organization (WHO) sounded the alarm about the Covid-19 epidemic, it surely didn't anticipate that the economic downturn would also affect the income of circumcisers in Somalia and elsewhere in Sub-Sahara Africa who've been knocking on doors to offer their barbaric services in order to make hands meet" deplores Abi Sanon, FGM survivor and head of Clitoraid in Africa. "Consequently, thousands of young girls who were held back in their homes have endured genital mutilation in the past 2 months".

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has warned that the pandemic could lead to an extra 2 million girls worldwide being cut in the next decade.

"Ever since its inception over a decade ago, Clitoraid has been active worldwide in its fight against FGM" says Sanon. "Dr. Marci Bowers, our volunteer chief surgeon based in San Francisco and the surgeons she's trained, have already restored the clitoris of over 600 FGM survivors over the last decade. As a result, all of us, survivors, have been made whole and dignified again." explains Sanon.

Clitoraid's hospital in Burkina Faso, West Africa is dedicated to FGM victims and offers classes on sexual health while awaiting its opening.

"We are intent on seeing this gruesome practice disappear within one generation." insists Sanon.

FGM, which affects 200 million girls and women globally, involves the partial or total removal of the external genitalia. In Somalia the vaginal opening is also often sewn up – a practice called infibulation.

Clitoraid's 2021 humanitarian mission will be hosted by Dr. Adan Abdullahi, Kenyan surgeon who is originally from Somalia. Clitoral restorative surgeries were scheduled this fall but had to be postponed due to the pandemic. The previous two missions in Nairobi saw the clitoral restoration of a total of 120 patients.

Clitoraid: 2nd humanitarian clitoral restorative surgical mission in Kenya

February 20 2019, category: Press Releases
San Francisco, CA - February 20 The U.S. based humanitarian organization, Clitoraid is launching its 2nd clitoral restorative surgical mission in Nairobi, Kenya, March 4 - 14, 2019 to help the victims of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) regain their dignity and sexual pleasure thanks to a technique developed by a French urologist.

“According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 25% of the Kenyan female population has endured the horrific tradition of genital cutting though the practice is now illegal in Kenya” explains Nadine Gary, Clitoraid Director of Operations.

The WHO estimates that 125 million women worldwide have had their genitals forcibly mutilated as babies or when they were toddlers or possibly as teenagers. This practice grossly violates the UNICEF Convention on the Right of the Child.

Clitoraid volunteer head-surgeon, Dr. Marci Bowers of San Francisco, USA, will co-lead the clitoral restorative medical procedure in partnership with Kenyan Dr. Adan Abdullahi affiliated with the Kenyan NGO, Garana.

“They will be assisted by local Kenyan doctors as well as MD’s from the US, Canada and Australia” says Gary.

Close to 100 FGM survivors, including women from Tanzania, Sudan and The Gambia are scheduled for surgery during the two week, humanitarian endeavor that will take place at Dr. Abdullahi’s clinic in Nairobi” informs Gary.

“Since 2009, Clitoraid has provided clitoral restorative surgery (CRS) to over 500 genitally mutilated women mostly in the U.S. where more than half a million FGM survivors currently reside according the Center for Disease Control” says Gary. “We have also operated in Kenya and in Burkina Faso, West Africa where our hospital dedicated to FGM victims awaits opening”

The creation of Clitoraid was inspired by International spiritual leader, Raël, a relentless defender of human rights and women’s rights. The innate right to sexual health and fulfillment has been a core value to the Raelian philosophy for nearly half a century and is now advocated by the World Health Organization as a basic human right.

“Society must rid itself of sexual shame and guilt disseminated by archaic patriarchal religions both tribal and mainstream that are especially abusive and demeaning to women.” states Gary “ Repressing their sexuality has been a powerful ploy to control and subdue them for centuries”.

Gary concludes: “Today, with education, women are realizing that the traditions and cultures that violate their sexual integrity and their sexual freedom also violate their dignity as women”.

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