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NGO Clitoraid


The Las Vegas, US-based NGO Clitoraid has been criticized for their use of the motto “Adopt a Clitoris” as a reclaim for fundraising. In some of its activities, such as the last one held in Italy last July 2012, the coordinators gifted the attendants to the event with “Clito-boxes” (see LINK). Researcher Sylvia Tamale, in her introduction to her work “African Sexualities: a Reader”, condemns the frivolity and racism of these terms Clitoraid uses to collect money.

Closely linked to the Raelian sect, in its WEBPAGE, this is how they introduce themselves:

“Given the barbaric nature of clitoral excision or female genital mutilation (FGM), Rael, spiritual leader of the Raelian Movement, founded Clitoraid, a private non-profit organization whose goal is to sponsor any African woman who wants to have her clitoris rebuilt.

Since 2006, Clitoraid has been able to train several doctors and assist in providing clitoral repair surgery for many women in France and the United States. All of our patients have reported improvements after the surgery, and about 60 percent of them have experienced orgasm – something they thought would never happen for them.

We’re now halfway through the construction of our ‘Pleasure Hospital’ in Bobo Dioulasso, Burkina Faso, where we will enable local women and women of West Africa to have the procedure for free. This is our main goal, since too many women cannot afford this surgery. Without our help, it would cost several years of their wages for them to have it, so they are hoping and waiting for us!”

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The Hunger Project

The Hunger Project is an NGO founded in 1977, in the wake of the rising debate on world hunger triggered by the first Rome World Food Conference.

The Hunger Project is a global, non-profit, strategic organization committed to the sustainable end of world hunger. THP work in 11 countries in Africa, South Asia and Latin America to develop effective, bottom-up strategies to end hunger and poverty. its mission is to “end hunger and poverty by pioneering sustainable, grassroots, women-centered strategies and advocating for their widespread adoption in countries throughout the world”.

THP works in Benin, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Mozambique, Senegal, Uganda, Bangladesh, India, Mexico, Peru and Bolivia.

One of their interventions is provinding education on the health risks associated with FGM:

Animators Raise Awareness About Dangers of Female Genital Mutilation (May 2011). LINK

This the LINK of NGO The Hunger Project, where you can suscribe to their e-newsletter and follow their activities and news.

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  NGO HURRARC, Human Rights Respect Awareness Raising Campaigner.

According to their website, HURRARC is a Sierra Leone NGO based in Freetown. It was founded in 1992, by Sahr GMP Fania together with other refugees from Sierra Leone at the time of the outbreak of the civil war, to document the Human Rights Violations being committed by all parties. HURRARC has been registered as a Community Based Organisation (CBO) with Freetown City Council.”

Among its wide umbrella of activities, HURRARC denounces the practice of FGM in Sierra Leone.

Watch belowthe video interview to two women activist of Hurrarc related to female genital mutilation.
Hawa fights to protect children from genital mutilation, even after having been threatened.
Josephine is involved into the question: she’s a victim.


This is the HURRARC Website

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NGO Girl´s Power Initiative

Girl´s Power Initiative is an NGO based in Benin City, Nigeria.

According to their website, GPI “ is a Nigerian non-governmental, not-for-profit youth development organization founded in 1993 by Bene Madunagu and Grace Osakue to address the challenges facing girls in the Nigerian society and equip them with information, skills and opportunities for action to grow into self actualised young women”.

Outreach activities. The GPI outreach programmes aims to:

  1. Provide avenues to reach out to adolescent girls who cannot physically come to the centres (in Calabar, Uyo, Benin and Asaba) due to distance, lack of funds, parental consent, time, poverty, etc….
  2. Enlighten and educate more adolescent girls on gender, sexuality issues (including HIV/AIDS, and Female Genital Mutilation) and personal empowerment.
  3. Reduce teenage pregnancies, school drop-out rates, violence against girls and sexual exploitation through passage of information, education and skills development.
  4. Increase the number of girls who would in turn impact on their peers and communities to meet the long term social goal of gender equality.

GPI has published “Know This Series: Hiv/Aids, Moods, & Female Genital Mutilation”

Some articles found in the cloud about the labour of advocacy against FGM of NGO GPI:

Female Genital Mutilation – a life-threatening health and human rights issue LINK

NGO Seeks End to Female Circumcision LINK

Nigeria acts to eradicate female genital mutilation LINK

This is the LINK of Girl´s Power Initiative

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IASSCS – International Association for the Study of Sexuality,Culture and Society

According to their website:

IASSCS was formed in July 1997 in Amsterdam, following a successful conference, “Beyond Boundaries: Sexuality Across Cultures”, jointly hosted by the Universities of Amsterdam and Chicago. This gathering was broadly concerned with the social and cultural study of sexuality, and drew together scholars from the disciplines of anthropology, history, sociology, health policy and cultural and gender studies. It was noted in the Amsterdam meeting that no organization existed which provided a forum for the interdisciplinary and cross-cultural studies of sexuality. The impetus behind the creation of IASSCS was the perceived need to address the fragmentation of studies in sexuality and to provide a forum for expanding and developing sexuality as a legitimate area of scholarships.

IASSCS Mission and Vision is “to strengthen the field of social and cultural sexuality research globally. IASSCS is committed to building equity in research capacity worldwide and to a broad range of research activities, including strengthening communication among researchers, policy makers, and activists”.

IASSCS is responsible of the organization of the biannual IASSCS Conference. Eight editions have been celebrated between 1997 and 2011:

2011. 8th IASSCS Conference. Naming and Framing: The Making of Sexual (In)Equality. Madrid  WEB

2009. 7th IASSCS Conference. Contested Innocence – Sexual Agency in Public and Private Space. Hanoi

2007. 6th IASSCS Conference. Dis/organized pleasures. Lima WEB

2005. 5th IASSCS Conference. Sexual Rights and Moral Panics. San Francisco

2003. 4th IASSCS Conference. Sex and Secrecy. Johannesburg

2001. 3rd IASSCS Conference. Belief System and the Place of Desire. Melbourne

1999. 2ns IASSCS Conference. Sexual Diversity and Human Rights. Manchester

1997. 1st IASSCS Conference. Beyond Boundaries: Sexuality Across Cultures. Amsterdam.


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Wassu Kafo Gambia

Wassu Gambia Kafo (WGK) is a non-profit civil society organization, created to contribute to the improvement of the quality of life of the Gambian population through international cooperation projects in health and education.

Motivated by research in the field, the intervention of WGK is located in The Gambia and Spain (Catalonia), incorporating the dynamics of migration in their approach to subsaharian realities.

The objectives of Wassu Gambia Kafo are:
  • Promote and support applied research to improve the health and education of the Gambian population.
  • Establish and strengthen personal and institutional bonds of cooperation between Spain and Gambia, to meet the reality of the gambians in origin and migrant destinations.
  • Contribute to the training of local professionals for the prevention of harmful traditional practices (HTP), including female genital mutilation (FGM).