On January 25, 2017, Nile Sisters Development Initiative (NSDI) presented “Female Genital Cutting: A Conversation in San Diego,” an event that included short video introduction followed by panel discussion among local experts across several sectors
In December 2016, NSDI released Defenseless Against Female Genital Cutting, a new publication covering the topic of FGC in San Diego County. The publication highlights the reality of FGC in the San Diego region, given its large refugee population. San Diego is one of six nationally designated refugee zones in the United States. Approximately 150,000 refugees and former refugees reside in the county. Locally, an underreported 8,000 women and girls are potentially predisposed to FGC.
Nearly 100 attendees participated in the January FGC event, and 200 more, including some from Colombia, watched the event on LiveStream.
Below are questions that participants posted from Twitter during the event:
- “How can we create a term that doesn’t retraumatize women who have undergone FGC?” -@NileSisters1
- “How can we learn from other countries, to prevent FGC in the US?”- @NileSisters1
The critical issue of language was a topic among panelists and attendees seeking to develop and use culturally sensitive terminology.
Dr. Sierra Washington, Medical Director of Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest, addressed prevention of FGC in the US and the health risks associated with a non-sterile environment.
The following documents from the January 25 event are downloadable:
- FGC: A Conversation in San Diego event program»
- Department of Justice FGC brochure»
- United States Citizen and Immigration Services FGC brochure»
- Defenseless Against Female Genital Cutting publication»
- FGC Call to Action»
- Reversing Female Circumcision: The Cut that Heals, VICE video»
- Event photos.»
NSDI also expresses special thanks to the following event participants: