FGM and a Dream of Wholeness
Every 10 seconds a girl is cut – 6,000 every day.
FGM (Female Genital Mutilation) is “The most sexist crime on the planet,” French lawyer Linda Weil-Curiel states. “The clitoris is the only organ dedicated to sexual pleasure and only a woman has it. Grown just for her pleasure, it’s cut from her body.” “Women who have been cut are forever altered,” says Machie, a 46-year-old woman from Nigeria who was mutilated at three months of age. “They took away who I was. I felt like I was here, but I’m not existing... I was someone here by mistake.”
Dr. Pierre Foldes - featured in the video below - has developed a technique in France to repair the effects of FGM. When women who have been the recipients this surgery take back control of their body they are often filled with unsuppressed joy, moving from feeling absolutely powerless, a victim of traditions that go back for millenniums, to triumph; they are finally in charge of their lives again.
Presentation in Paris to Honor Dr. Foldes
Dr. Tobe Levin von Gleichen & UnCut/Voices Press
Jeanie's friend Dr. Tobe Levin von Gleichen, Associate, Harvard University, Visiting Research Fellow, University of Oxford, CEO, UnCUT/VOICES is simply amazing. She has been fighting the complicated struggle against FGM since 1970 and hasn’t lost her bright spirit and optimism. Please check out her Facebook page here as well as her UnCut Voices blog at: uncutvoices.wordpress.com.