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Work to End Female genital mutilation (FGM) in Africa
Monday, 16 January 2012 from 18:00 to 21:00 (GMT)
London, United Kingdom
Daughters of Eve is thrilled to present an evening with three amazing African women who between them have been working to eradicate Female genital mutilation (FGM) and safeguard the Human rights of women and girls in Africa and the Diaspora for over half a century .
Amina M Warsame from NAGAAD, Efua Dorkenoo from Equality Now and Naana Otoo-Oyortey from Forward, will provide first hand knowledge and insights into the complex social, religious, cultural and economic issues which underpin the on-going practice of female genital mutilation in Africa, and how African women on the ground are now raising up and fighting back .The speakers will highlight the stories of brave African girls and women who everyday with little more than fierce determination and deep love for their communities, are leading the path against all odds and standing up against FGM.
After a 15-20 min presentation by each speaker, the floor will open to the audience to participate in an open discussion.
Biographies of Speakers
Amina M Warsame
Amina M Warsame is a founding member of NAGAAD an Umbrella Organization (The largest national women’s network in Somaliland which has a membership of 45 women’s organizations) and served as executive director from 2006-2010.
She is currently a researcher and an advisor to the Somaliland Women’s Research and Action Group and a contact person for Golis Organization for Saving the Environment (an organization involved in activities for the protection of the environment).
Amina has written extensively on women’s situation in Somaliland, examples of her work are: Queens without Crowns: Somaliland Women’s Changing Roles and Peace Building, The social Aspects of FGM, the Impact of the Civil War on Pastoralists especially women, Urban Women’s Economic Role, Women and the Justice Systems in Somaliland, Women’s role in the Decision-making process of their country and a study on Potential Women Leaders in Somaliland. She is an active member of the women’s movement in Somaliland and a strong advocate for women’s rights and the environment. She was also among the 7 women candidates for the Somaliland Parliamentary elections in 2005, the first time women participated as candidates in the history of the country.
Efua Dorkenoo, OBE
Efua Dorkenoo is a bio-social scientist in public health, a writer and a women’s rights advocate. She is currently the Advocacy Director – FGM Programmes with Equality Now – an international human rights organisation at consultative status with the United Nations ECOSOC, dedicated to action for the civil, political, economic and social rights of girls and women. Prior to taking up her current appointment, Efua worked as a senior public health specialist in the UK health system; and as a research director on the Social Aspects of HIV/AIDS and Health with the South African Human Sciences Research Council.
From 1995-2001, Efua was appointed as the WHO first technical expert on FGM at the WHO headquarters in Geneva.She was successful in assisting the WHO in introducing FGM onto the agendas of the Ministries of Health of its Member States. She oversaw the development of the WHO definition, the classification of FGM types, the development of the initial research agenda on FGM including numerous WHO advocacy and technical materials on FGM which are still in use worldwide.
Naana Otoo-Oyortey MBE
Naana Otoo-Oyortey is the Executive Director of the Foundation for Women’s Health Research and Development (FORWARD), the lead agency working in the UK to respond to female genital mutilation (FGM). In the past four years in FORWARD, she has been instrumental in leading the scaling up FORWARD’s work on FGM in the UK and initiated the use of participatory research with BME communities- building the skills of vulnerable women and girls to undertake research among their peers and programmes to build leadership skills of women and young people to become change agents at the local level. She worked for eleven years with the International Planned Parenthood Federation in London (IPPF) where she pursued her interest in gender equality and human rights within sexual and reproductive health programmes. She was instrumental in IPPF’s work on developing their gender equity policy and child marriage.
She worked previously as a consultant in the Gender and Women’s Affairs Unit of the Commonwealth Secretariat in the early 90s supporting on-going research on gender based violence and women in politics.
Naana was a founding member of the UK based network Forum on Marriage and the Rights of Women and Girls- a network that helped place child marriage on the international global development agenda.
Please come join us for this powerful evening and discover the formidable grassroots movement to eradicate the practice of FGM in Africa and how we in the West can support these girls and women in their fight for equality and elimination of FGM.
Email Daughtersofeve@live.co.uk with any questions or queries
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Daughters Of Eve
Daughters of Eve is a non profit organisation that works to protect girls and young women who are at risk from female genital mutilation (FGM). By raising awareness about FGM and sign-posting support services we aim to help people who are affected by FGM and ultimately help bring an end to this practice.
Our wider work is to advance and protect the physical, mental, sexual and reproductive health rights of young people from female genital mutilation practicing communities.
We recognise that FGM occurs in the context of wider harmful practices and that young people often have many different problems. We take a holistic approach, offering advice and support to help young people in as many ways as we can.