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For further information and notes from the meeting, email Dr. Tobe Levin von Gleichen tlevin@fas.harvard.edu

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“THE GLOBAL HEALTH SOCIETY” HOSTS UNCUT/VOICES PRESS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF HEIDELBERG MEDICAL SCHOOL

December 2, 2014

At the Krehl Klinik for internal medicine,  University of Heidelberg, Tobe Levin asked students to consider the pivotal importance of clinicians in ending FGM. Highlighted were the guidance offered by the Inter-African Committee in its Bamako Declaration and in the words of survivors like Khady and Kiminta. Thanks to enthusiastic students and hosts Kariyo Grace Nyandwi and professor Olaf Horstick.

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NEW JOURNALISM AWARD NAMED AFTER EFUA DORKENOO

Ocotober 30, 2014

Reporting on Ban Ki-moon’s backing for the Guardian’s global media campaign (30 October 2014), Alexandra Topping writes: “Ban also announced a reporting award will be granted annually to an African reporter who has demonstrated innovation and commitment in covering FGM. The winner will spend two months training and working in the Guardian’s head offices in London. The award is named after Efua Dorkenoo, who campaigned against FGM for 30 years before her death earlier this month, and headed up the Girl Generation consortium.”

Thank you again, Efua. We couldn’t be more proud of our mentor and friend.

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THINKING ABOUT FEMICIDE AND FGM

October 20, 2014

Have you ever thought about the relationship between femicide/gendercide and FGM? On October 20, 2014, UnCUT/VOICES’ CEO Tobe Levin von Gleichen offered “Guidelines for Thinking about Femicide … or toward understanding without despair,” a lecture requested by Oxford University’s charity Women for Women International.

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HILARY BURRAGE AND TOBE LEVIN ATTEND PLAN UK’S CELEBRATION OF THE “INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE GIRL CHILD" IN LONDON

October 14, 2014

On October 14, 2014, Hilary Burrage and Tobe Levin attended PLAN UK’s celebration of the “International Day of the Girl Child” where, in the Royal Festival Hall at Southbank Centre, London, Hilary introduced Tobe and hence UnCUT/VOICES Press to the Shadow Home Office Minister for Preventing Violence Against Women, Seema Malhotra, MP. In her speech as part of the ‘Pathways to Power’ panel, the Member of Parliament emphasized her support for empowering girls as a strategy against harassment and coercive force, including FGM and child or forced marriage, and promised that a Labour Party victory would witness “landmark legislation” on violence against women. The safety of boys, though often the bullies, was also part of her mandate, and she urged young women to “connect with politicians to bring about change.” The venue afforded discussion with other attendees, most important with two key allies among academics in the British movement against FGM, Professor Hazel Barrett of Coventry University and Louise Robertson, an active researcher with the charity 28TooMany that has been advising the Oxford University study group on FGM.

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GOOD NEWS ABOUT SIERRA LEONE

September 20, 2014

On September 20, 2014, prefacing her remarks with gratitude to find committed allies against FGM in the Diaspora from Sierra Leone, Tobe Levin explained one “Response of the German community to FGM.” The invitation from Catherine Kambo, president of the KGSS-OGA e.V. to FORWARD-Germany — Levin is now Vice-President — provided an opportunity to describe the Clitoris Restoration Fund inspired by Dr. Pierre Foldes, subject of Hubert Prolongeau’s Undoing FGM. In the city hall in Schwalbach outside Frankfurt, the Sierra Leonean Association — a Bondo group — had combined a girls’ alternative rite of passage with a symposium on FGM and teen pregnancy. On the podium were imams and other Islamic and Christian male leaders embracing the cause of abolition.