Anti-female genital mutilation campaigner Efua Dorkenoo, RIP


This video says about itself:

Cutting the rose: female genital mutilation | Efua Dorkenoo | TEDxUCLWomen

In this talk, Efua Dorkenoo, Advocacy Director for Equality Now and a founder of the Foundation for Women’s Health, Research and Development (FORWARD), a British charity that supports women who have experienced FGM speaks of the current implications of FGM and shares the ongoing efforts dedicated to eliminate this practice.

Event Summary– On December 6th 2013, the first university in the UK to admit men and women on equal merit, University College London (UCL) hosted its first ever TEDxWomen event.

By Hilary Burrage in Britain:

Obituary: Efua Dorkenoo

Thursday 23rd October 2014

Anti-FGM campaigner and writer (1949-2014)

EFUA DORKENOO, who died of cancer in London last Sunday, will be remembered with respect and gratitude for many things, but most of all for her many years of hard-headed and deeply committed campaigning to erase the cruel scourge of female genital mutilation (FGM), which even now blights the lives of — or kills — millions of girls and young women across the globe, year on year.

Striking in both her physical presence and her wider influence, Dorkenoo’s sway and work to stop FGM came to span much of the globe.

In the past year she saw both massively increased concern to address FGM in Britain, and, just a week before she died, the formal launch of the African-led movement, The Girl Generation: Together to End FGM, of which she was programme director.

Born in Ghana, where as a young nursing student she saw at first hand the grim realities of FGM, Dorkenoo then relocated to work in London, becoming an example par excellence of how to combine practical activism, political acumen and solid scholarship to great effect in FGM campaigns.

Dorkenoo understood that none of these elements was likely, alone, to achieve the outcome which she unerringly demanded.

To eradicate FGM, communities, political will and professional skills all need to be aligned, with their own specific briefings, data and messages — so that’s what Dorkenoo, recipient of a master’s degree in public health and an OBE for public service, delivered.

In 1983 Dorkenoo founded Forward, a British women’s health organisation campaigning against FGM. She collaborated for decades with the World Health Organisation and in later years she led FGM programmes for both Equality Now and the international health/development organisation Options.

Dorkenoo’s legacy is already many thousands of girls and women untouched by the looming terror in their communities of FGM.

Those who remain to take forward her life’s work are determined that soon these terrors will reside firmly, only and forever in history.

HILARY BURRAGE

Hilary Burrage is a sociologist, consultant and writer. She is currently writing a book on eradicating FGM in Britain.

African diplomats suffer from racism in Israel


This video is called Racism Report: Africans in Israel.

From Ynet in Israel:

African diplomats in Israel: We’re afraid to walk down streets

In meeting with Deputy Foreign Minister Ayalon, Ghana‘s ambassador says wife gets picked on when she goes shopping

Itamar Eichner

Published: 08.05.12, 12:09

Due to the recent slew of offensive and racist statements made by Israeli politicians, African diplomats in Israel are afraid to walk down the street, said African ambassadors in Israel during a meeting with Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon.

The meeting, which was attended by the ambassadors of Angola, Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Ethiopia and the Ivory Coast, was recently held in the Foreign Ministry’s offices in Jerusalem, Yedioth Ahronoth reported.

In addition to Ayalon, the meeting was also attended by Avi Granot, the assistant director general for the ministry’s Africa division.

During the meeting, Ghana’s ambassador to Israel Henry Hanson-Hall said that his wife is constantly picked on when she goes shopping. “If that’s what happens to an ambassador’s wife,” he said “what are the rest of the African employees supposed to say?! I’m afraid of being arrested or picked on,” he added.

According to the foreign diplomats, the racial slurs directed at them harm Israel’s public image in Africa. They emphasized Israel’s right to deport foreign migrants, but asked that the issue be dealt with in a humane manner.

They further said that the publicized deportation of migrants humiliates them and depicts them as dangerous criminals.

A resident of Beersheba claimed that a bus driver called her a “stinking Ethiopian”, Yedioth Ahronoth reported: here.

Israel kicks out migrants – by changing their nationality and sending them to another country: here.

England: Newcastle Labour councillor Dipu Ahad tells PETER LAZENBY of a terrifying experience in Israel: here.

South Tel Aviv stories: Some children lead paperless lives: here.

From the Jerusalem Post in Israel:

Vice Premier Moshe Ya’alon Sunday described two violent attacks against Arabs ​​over the weekend in Judea and Samaria and Jerusalem as “hate crimes” and “terrorist acts.” He called the attacks “totally unacceptable and outrageous” and ascribed their incidence to a moral and educational failure that goes against Jewish ethics and values.