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This webinar is part of the Patriarchal Inscriptions: Female bodies contested, invaded defended & owned webinar series.
Since 1988, when Dr Pierre Foldes uncovered how to restore the clitoris, the relatively simple 20-30 minute operation has been celebrated by beneficiaries, distrusted by FGM’s opponents, and vehemently opposed by guardians of the status quo.
This event will respond to the following questions:
- What efforts have been made in various venues to introduce the discussion of sexual pleasure?
- What explicit impediments arise?
- How has the medical profession dealt with the pioneering technique?
- What protocols are followed?
- What do beneficiaries say about their newly-won status? How and where can FGM survivors find medical help and each other, in order to share stories?
- How does the fact of restoration affect abolition?
Is it truly easier to make a hole than to build a pole? Feminist reflection on a chapter of genital surgery on children with ambiguous genitalia
Dr. Med. Marion Hulverscheidt, Kassel University, Department of History
The global quest for genital beauty: female genital mutilation/cutting vs female genital reshaping
Oluchukwu Loveth Obiora, RPHN Hillel Friedland Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
From Farafenni to Paris: Clitoral Restoration
Neneh Bojang, MA in political science, founding director of the Inter-African Committee in Norway, & radio & TV talk show host
Jeanie Kortum, artist & novelist, author of Stones (SheWritesPress/UnCUT/VOICES Press, 2017) & founding executive director of A Home Away from Homelessness.
Tobe Levin von Gleichen, Visiting professor, King’s College London & Associate, Hutchins Center for African & African American Research, Harvard University
FGM survivors’ quest for wholeness: On making a film about the pioneers of clitoris reconstruction
Sebastian Krüger, filmmaker, Krueger Productions
The Right to Bodily Autonomy: Do women have a right to Choose FGM/C & FGCS?
Annemarie Middelburg, Academic & Consultant, Middelburg Human Rights Consultancy
Refaat Karim, MD, Plastic surgeon, Expert in post-FGM reconstruction
Women, Girls & Self-Harm—Tragic, Increasing, Often Invisible
Lois A. Herman, Managing Director, WUNRN
Following presentations by the speakers, there will be a moderated Q&A.
Registered attendees will be sent the access link to participate in the webinar on their web browser or via the Microsoft Teams app the day prior.