Clitoraid to launch second clitoral restorative surgical mission in Kenya

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U.S. based humanitarian organization Clitoraid, will launch its second clitoral restorative surgical mission in Nairobi, Kenya, to help victims of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) recover their poise and sexual pleasure.

The launch which is slated for March 4 to March 14, 2019, will operate on a technique developed by a French urologist and according to the World Health Organization (WHO) the campaign will seek to rectify the effects of the now outlawed act, which approximately 25 per cent of the Kenyan female population has undergone.

According to Nadine Gary Clitoraid’s Director of Operations, Clitoraid volunteer head-surgeon, Dr. Marci Bowers of San Francisco, USA, will partner with Kenyan doctor Adan Abdullahi who is affiliated with the Kenyan NGO, Garana to lead the clitoral restorative medical procedure.

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

“Since 2009, Clitoraid has provided clitoral restorative surgery (CRS) to over 500 genitally mutilated women mostly in the U.S. We have also operated in Kenya, Burkina Faso and West Africa where our hospital dedicated to FGM victims awaits opening.”

In addition Ms. Gary urged society to abandon practices, both tribal and mainstream, that are condescending to women.

“Society must rid itself of practices disseminated by archaic patriarchal religions, both tribal and mainstream, that are especially abusive and demeaning to women. Repressing the sexuality of women has been a powerful ploy to control and subdue them for centuries,” the Clitoraid Director of Operations lamented.

“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,” Gary added.

The World Health Organization 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.

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