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Good Vibrations begins sending good vibes African women’s way!

April 14, 2010

Update April 15th:

WE DID IT!! Today’s San Francisco Chronicle further confirms that Good Vibrations has officially dropped their support of Clitoraid and with their humiliating ‘adopt a clitoris’ campaign.  Instead, Good Vibrations is searching to partner with a feminist organization addressing the issue of Female Circumcision in a culturally appropriate and respectful way. (see call for suggestions below).

YOUR signatures, tweets, blogs, led to the overwhelming public response so that the campaign only needed to last 10 days from April 5th to April 15th!

THANK YOU for taking a stand for African Women’s dignity and respect.

April 14th 2010

Definitely as a result of all our mobilizing, and perhaps highlighted by today’s article in the San Francisco Chronicle there is finally some good vibes coming from Good Vibrations.  Indeed, I’m beyond excited to have a positive update to this ongoing drama about Good Vibrations and Clitoraid with their adopt a clitoris campaign.

Jackie Strano, GV’s Chief Operating Officer and I have been in further contact and she has promised to end Good Vibration’s support of Clitoraid and partner with an African women’s organization addressing the issue of Female Circumcision.  In fact, Good Vibrations is now actively seeking to partner with an African women’s organizations working on this issue!

So, I am turning to you out there, who have kept up with this blog and supporting the critique of Clitoraid, to please let us all know of potential partner organizations.

By crowdsourcing this information on African women’s initiatives around FC I’m hoping for two things: 1. Good Vibrations will be spoilt for choice when it comes to potential partners, and 2. Those organizations dealing with FC will have  some public recognition for their diligent and good work that too frequently goes unrecognized.

So, please help me reach out into all your networks and identify African women’s initiatives addressing FC and its impacts on women’s health.

On my current list are the Global Fund for Women, the Africa Women’s Development Fund, and AMANITARE.  I know there are many others out there.  What are their names and how can we contact them?

Please note that posting here in no way constitutes an endorsement.  We must always  conduct rigorous due diligence before endorsing any charity!

Also please see my earlier post with questions to ask before you engage in philanthropic activity

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11 Comments leave one →
  1. April 14, 2010 4:25 PM

    What wonderful news! Thank you and good job to everyone who helped spread the word during this campaign. And a special thanks to Good Vibrations for choosing to respect and preserve the dignity of African women.

    Also, have you heard of the Waris Dirie Foundation (http://www.waris-dirie-foundation.com/en/)? I believe it is based in Europe, not Africa, but Waris Dirie is from Somalia. Her story is quite amazing.

  2. Corinne permalink
    April 14, 2010 5:00 PM

    Not sure if this is the type of org you are looking for, but you can find Global Women Intact at http://www.celebrateclitoris.com

    • April 22, 2010 6:44 AM

      Thanks for providing the platform for circumcised women like myself; I am sure we do not deserve such insults and putdowns from clitorail. As African women working to end female circumcision, we must no-longer accept these arrogant and deprecation efforts to represent us or our communities. A fake, sew on or clue clitoris is not what circumcised women like me want. What we need in our communities to end female circumcision is education, information, and alternative form of initiation ceremony for women and girls. There is significant evidence that female circumcision will come to an end some day till that day comes, we must all work within the context of cultures to safe the lives of women and girls no matter what our beliefs are. Sia Amma/Director at http://www.globalwomenintact.org or celebrateclitoris.com
      Support our organization by all means necessary.

  3. Matt G permalink
    April 14, 2010 10:56 PM

    You could try the Pleasure Project; don’t know them well but I think they have a broad reach & may also look into FGM issues. http://www.thepleasureproject.org/

  4. bishtraining permalink
    April 14, 2010 10:58 PM

    Bravo!

  5. April 15, 2010 10:31 AM

    another suggestion re alternative charity to #Clitoraid from @AdultIncline http://www.forwarduk.org.uk/about

  6. April 15, 2010 12:25 PM

    You should definitely either think of Tostan or Forward (www.forwarduk.org.uk).

  7. April 15, 2010 4:06 PM

    Ditto to Tostan and Forward!

  8. Jen I. permalink
    April 18, 2010 7:32 PM

    Wanjiru, you rock!

  9. April 19, 2010 11:30 AM

    Congrats on this achievement! And what an excellent blog you have! We need you here in Kenya, please come and give a few lectures here.

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