[dropcap]O[/dropcap]n FGM victims in San Francisco in conjunction with ‘One Billion Rising’ movement
Movement’s goal: to end violence against women worldwide
Today, in conjunction with the V-Day Movement launched by Eve Ensler, Clitoraid, a nonprofit organization that assists victims of female genital mutilation (FGM), is supporting and participating in “One Billion Rising,” an international call to end violence against women.
“In San Francisco, our head surgeon, Dr. Marci Bowers, M.D., will perform clitoral repair surgery for two FGM victims at her San Mateo Clinic,” said Nadine Gary, Clitoraid’s director of communications and Raelian Guide.
Bowers, well known for her gender reassignment surgeries, has been volunteering for Clitoraid since 2009, according to Gary.
“To date, she has operated on close to 40 FGM patients, and in October she will travel to Burkina Faso, West Africa, for the opening of our new hospital,” Gary said. “At that time, she will begin operating on the more than 400 FGM victims currently on our waiting list for clitoral repair surgery.”
Gary said today’s One Billion Rising event is the perfect occasion for Clitoraid volunteers to rise up and dance.
“That’s especially true for our team in Burkina Faso, West Africa,” she said. “They’ll gather at what we call our ‘Pleasure Hospital,’ which is where