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Amnesty Int'l: Don't Call Female Genital Mutilation "Barbaric"

Amnesty Int'l: Don't Call Female Genital Mutilation "Barbaric" | African News | Scoop.it
Recently, I penned an article about  an Amnesty International initiative: an art project for which the organization had commissioned artists and designers to address the devastating problem of female genital mutilation, or FGM – using 8,000 paper ...
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Amnesty official: “we try not to use this word.”  In an e-mail, she explained, “The use of the word ‘barbaric’ suggests that the people who do this are less than human, which isn’t so because they are being led by social pressure which is what needs to be fought. So we avoid using this word to not judge the people.”

 

The more I think about this asinine comment from that Amnesty official, the angrier I get - it is an utterly foolish statement, and does much discredit to the organisation. 

 

Maybe she should watch Kakenya Ntaiya's phenomenal talk at http://www.ted.com/talks/kakenya_ntaiya_a_girl_who_demanded_school.html

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KCE Everyday Life

KCE Everyday Life | African News | Scoop.it
Photo by Megan Orr, 2012 Peace Fellow at the Kakenya Center for Excellence, Kenya
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I've starred this for the top because the girl's smile represents everything that is good about Kenya, and about Africa as a whole.

There is so much amazing human potential in the continent.

Watch Kakenya Ntaiya's phenomenal talk at http://www.ted.com/talks/kakenya_ntaiya_a_girl_who_demanded_school.html

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