Campaign Against Female Genital Mutilation
Putting pressure this time on Western agencies which sponsor adoptive girls from African poverty areas, but then do little or nothing to protect them from female genital mutilation (FGM).
Typically, these Western agencies have the attitude to "not interfere with local customs", so we have the terrible specter of young girls under the care of Western agencies being handed over for barbaric mutilation. It is increasingly also happening to young girls from Islamic families who immigrate into Europe or the USA. The attitude is developing and setting into concrete, that "we should not criticize"!
This approach of public pressure and embarrassment of the "helping" agencies has not yet been tried. Consider to add your name and comments to all four of the email petition-letters as provided at the website below. Then please circulate this email, or their documentation, as far and widely as you wish.
I can affirm the evidence from Kenya, where Protestant health clinics which opposed FGM helped to end it in the areas under their control, while those run by the Catholic Church, which had the policy of "non-interference", it still happens at very high percentages. It is an ugly practice which originated more than 1000 years ago, as a means to "insure the virginity" of kidnapped girls taken as sexual slaves in sub-Saharan Africa, and being marched off in chains to Middle East harems. This is discussed in my book "Saharasia". If you want to institute a change in society, it must be taken up as policy within social institutions.
James DeMeo, PhD
Author of "Saharasia"
Will You Help Save a Girl From Mutilation? – by Jamie Glazov
Our research brought to light that to up to 400,000 sponsored girls who are marketed by the big development organizations PLAN International, World Vision, Kindernothilfe and ChildFund do not receive protection from female genital mutilation. We have started a new campaign, at sponsoredgirl.com, to protect the girls from female genital mutilation. We invite your readers to come join us.
These children are marketed in order to acquire money from trustful donors. The donors pay about 30 Euros per month – which means 360 Euros per year, in the belief that the organizations do all they can for providing a better life – including health for the sponsored children. PLAN International for instance, acquires about 72 million Euros every year, just by marketing the 240,000 concerned girls.
But asked about female genital mutilation on the sponsored girls, these organizations openly and publicly claim that demanding the safe protection of the girls would be against their approaches and against their policy.
So, by failing to demand, to stipulate and to control the protection of the sponsored girls from FGM, the organizations must be considered complicit in every single crime perpetrated against a little girl in this regard.
We are The Alliance for Protection of Girls from Female Genital Mutilation. We consider this simply scandalous and unacceptable. It is a crime against the girls and also a system of defrauding the donors.
That’s why we launched this campaign. It is suited to go the largest step forward in the direction of an end of FGM since the beginning of the fight against these practices. It could lead to true and immediate protection of a few million girls. …
Then go here to sign the four petitions to these development organizations:
Go to the "what you can do" link, leave your name and email address, and be sure to leave a personal comment if you wish. You do not have to be sponsoring a child through these organizations.