An opportunity that might appeal to readers from the U.S., both to support efforts to eradicate FGM, and to bring to the attention of USAID and other government agencies the negative consequences of promoting circumcision-as-a-HIV-preventative in Africa.
From a USAID mailing-list email:
Beginning on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (November 25) and ending on International Human Rights Day (December 10), USAID joins the global community in observance of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence.
The U.S. Government has increased awareness of gender-based violence and made the prevention and response to it a priority in foreign policy and development assistance programming. In August 2012, USAID joined other government agencies to launch the first-ever U.S. Strategy to Prevent and Respond to Gender-Based Violence Globally [PDF, 1.8MB]. President Obama signed an accompanying Executive Order, which directed all relevant agencies to implement the strategy and created an interagency working group.
USAID is committed to working in collaboration with other U.S. Government agencies, non-governmental organizations, faith-based communities, private sector companies and women and men around the world to eliminate gender-based violence. Such violence significantly hinders the ability of individuals to fully participate in and contribute to their communities and families economically, politically and socially. During these 16 days, let us reflect and act collectively to end gender-based violence.
Visit USAID’s 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence webpage.
Check out the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence blog series on the USAID IMPACT blog.
Join the conversation with USAID for Global Health on Twitter using #16Days.