International federating efforts
November 30, 2016
Washington DC National Mall Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation Walk against FGM G.W.P.F. Walk 2016
Posted June 8, 2016
Lower Island writer Diane Walsh has been selected to receive a Certificate of Recognition 2016 for journalism/advocacy at the National Mall in Washington DC, on Oct 15, 2016 by G.W.P.F.
Posted April 5, 2016
An exclusive with Diane Walsh via G.W.P.F http://globalwomanpeacefoundation.org/an-exclusive-with-diane-walsh/
UN Women mentions my Feb 2011 article (Above)
Posted March 20, 2015
Enfield, UK London, Standing up to FGM; University of Oxford Symposium Programme
At the University of Oxford, Contestations around FGM: Activism and the Academy http://wp.me/przXk-kd via @UnCUTVOICES
Posted February 5 2015
Feb 5, 6, 7 CONFÉRENCE 18H00 AU MEG – MGF ET LES RITES SACRIFICIELS Geneva Campus United Nations
“Dans le cadre de la Commémoration de la Journée Internationale de Tolérance Zéro aux Mutilations génitales féminines (MGF) célébrée chaque 6 février, l’Alliance Globale contre les Mutilations génitales féminines (AG-MGF) une initiative canado-allemande basée à Genève, organise des évènement les 5 et 7 février au Musée Ethnographique de Genève, activités placées sous le patronage de la Commission suisse pour l’UNESCO”.
Posted December 30, 2014
GAFGM Provisional Conference Programme Feb 5- Feb 7 #GAFGM #IDRS on twitter, planned for February 6, 2015 – Zero Tolerance Day/FGM at the United Nations, Geneva, UN Campus including supporting UNESCO letter of support
November 16, 2014
November 8, 2016
Pictures of the Nov 8 Walk in Washington
Video of an FGM activist who read her poetry at the Speaker-Presentations after the Walk.
Reflections on the momentous event – We are the ones who can’t be ignored
Global Woman P.E.A.CE Foundation Washington DC Walk Nov 8 2014
October 5 2014
Published online as of today.
A most comprehensive study on #GAFGM and #FGM by Guillaume Roth
mémoireM2 – Guilaume’s thesis on FGM-Copy for Diane Walsh. Written in French.
Translation available if anyone needs it. Contact on twitter @dwalshmedia
Special thanks: I was incredibly honoured to be listed/included as a mention (page 16).
Mr. Roth is an outstanding research and communication specialist. Contact details available, if requested.
My 2010 article which appeared in Vancouver Observer
March 18, 2014
Trailer of Mali concert and Africa meeting GA-FGM, post-symposium
March 13, 2014
Article on #GAFGM/AGMGF(Fr.) in the French publication, le Dauphiné Libéré, regarding Conference 3.3.2014 at Cercle Condorcet de Ferne-Voltaire.
March 4, 2014
Canadian artists at the UN say, “No to FGM” The Source/LaSource, March 4 2014
#GAFGM #FGM #IDRS @dwalshmedia
Video of Elisabeth Wilson opening remarks at #GAFGM exhibition Feb 6 2014 Geneva, UN campus
March 3, 2014
Synopsis of the Symposium (Fr.) Rapport symposium AG-MGF du 07 Fevrier 2014 Summary of the speaker’s remarks (available as of March 3,2014).
Feb 6 – Feb 7, 2014
Feb 6 – The Exhibition African and Native Canadian Feb 2014 project has been accepted by the United Nations Cultural Affairs Committee in Geneva, Switzerland. I am covering this event as a UN accredited journalist
Feb 7 – Invitation, provisional programme, and details: I am attending as a Participant. Letter (Fr.) Remerciements Symposium AG-MGF received subsequently, March 3.
Coop Média de Montréal, Menacée, attaquée, critiquée – Josée Gavi, fondatrice de l’ONG AMEVI-TOGO lutte sans relâche contre les MGF, le 17 Septembre, 2013
December 12, 2013
Global Alliance Against FGM fund-raiser GA-FGM Press Release – Halfmoon Woman Canada_Dec 2013 – Indigenous Canadian Woman & Birch Bark Biting Master presents, in Geneva, Dec 12th and 13th, UN Campus in support of GAFGM.
May 16, 2013
I was honoured when I spotted the other day, I am mentioned on Adobe page 16 – text page 14, in the annual general report of the Global Alliance against FGM. This is an excellent document if you would like to learn more about this ground-breaking organization: GA-FGM AGM. Also an MT in the working group doc back in 2010.
Please take the time to learn more about the GA-FGM initiative, wholly supported by the UN community and the Inter-African Association (see below posts for more information).
May 14, 2013
“Monsieur Holger Postulart (please note in English, Exec Director of GAFGM, Global Alliance Against FGM) va annoncer le projet de créer une Chaire universitaire spécialisée sur les MGF à cette conférence (voir communiqué de presse). L’Agence de coopération internationale allemande va être le premier donateur. l’AG-MGF (GAFGM) est en partie canadienne.”
… « Afin de célébrer la toute première journée internationale pour l’élimination de la fistule obstétricale le 23 mai et, conjuguant leurs efforts pour faire connaître cette cause, l’Alliance Globale contre les MGF (AG-MGF) en collaboration avec la Fondation Genevoise pour la formation et la recherche médicales (GFMER) vous invitent à un débat au Club Suisse de la Presse avec le Dr Charles-Henri Rochat » — Holger Postulart
Note to reader, be sure and follow my twitter news feed #FGM @dwalshmedia for up-to-date information on FGM
February 5, 2013
press release from NPWJ: High Level Meeting in Rome: Final Declaration calls for full and complete implementation of the UN Resolution Banning FGM Worldwide. Speaking with Global Alliance Against FGM in attendence, “Rome. Conférence sur les MGF. No Peace Without Justice. J’y suis en tant que fondatrice de l’Alliance globale contre les MGF A mes côtés, Madame Compaoré, Première dame du Burkina Faso (centre) et Ambassadrice du Comité Inter-africain sur les pratiques traditionnelles néfastes à la santé de la Femme, Madame Lamizana, Présidente du CI-AF et la Ministre de la promotion de la femme du Burkina Faso, Madame Nestorine Sangaré (gauche)” – Elisabeth Wilson (second from left side). Pic: Hon. Emma Bonimo, Italian Senate & NPWJ
December 20, 2012
No Peace Without Justice based in New York City but working diligently with activists around the globe gives this press release on the UN resolution against Female Genital Mutilation, which passed December 20, 2012. The actual text of the UN resolution can be accessed here: Resolution UNGA English and Rėsolution UNGA French
No Peace Without Justice, the Ban FGM campaign, the Inter-African Committee, Euro-net, the first lady of Burkina Faso Hon Mrs Chantal Compaoré, and many others, have helped make this groundbreaking historical event, a reality – which includes the public awareness work of organizations such as Global Alliance Against FGM, the Orchid Project, the Aha Foundation, just to name a few. It takes a village! A global united village to make this happen!
From left to right: Represented here, No Peace Without Justice, Inter-African Committee, Burkina Faso chapter, IAC Ethiopia chapter, Global Alliance Against FGM (this picture was taken in New York City at NPWJ headquarters on September 23, 2010 during the United Nations Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) where much pressure was placed to put forward a resolution. It would not have happened without great activists. Hon Emma Bonino, former MP in the European parliament and current member of the Italian Senate, was then (and still is) a tremendous political weight behind the Ban FGM campaign.
December 3, 2012
Concert in Geneva, Switzerland December 3rd, 2012 (its press release in French)Communiqué Res ONU_Canada_2012, at United Nations Campus, Ecumenical centre – 1800 h UT with Event information here: Programme 3 decembre 2012_final_Fran, celebrating the recent UN resolution against FGM and advances in awareness of the subject over the last year since the last concert in Versonnex, France.
http://fgcdailynews.blogspot.com/ an excellent source for those wishing to follow media pieces on FGM. My article on FGM in VO featured.
My trip to the UN Geneva Campus
and to view post-event coverage on the Global Alliance Against Female Genital Mutilation, go: here
February 6, 2011
International Day on Zero Tolerance
Female Genital Mutilation is a heinous crime still perpetrated against girls. On February 6 2011 throughout the day, the entire world community is being asked to chant together a resounding “No!” in unison with all activists against female genital mutilation. As this is the date marking the 8th International Day on Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation, collectively, we can honour the global concerted efforts which rarely get the media attention, but which represent, both practical and existential struggles, against FGM tradition practice [as it is labelled for short].
Being that the 6th of February falls on a Sunday, the UN-sponsored meeting and backed by the World Health Organization will take place in Geneva on Monday 9 am Feb 7 at “Le Centre International de Conférences” (CICG). It has been a long-time wait, from many activists’ point of view, but it is encouraging news as the proud two-pronged theme for 2011 has finally emerged: “Building Bridges between Europe and Africa”—emphasis on—“engaging media” and “engaging governments”, which is, but an indispensable factor to being able to reach zero tolerance to FGM. The Inter-African Committee is scheduled to take the floor at Monday’s Geneva meeting, issuing this statement, in advance, from IAC Addis Ababa, Ethiopia:
“The objective of celebrating February 6 is to call International, Regional, National and Community attention to the efforts needed to free women and girls from the adverse tradition of female genital mutilation and to accelerate action towards its total elimination”
“Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is a violation of basic human rights principles, as stipulated in Article 24.3 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), other International and Regional instruments, the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights Relating to the Rights of Women in Africa, (Article 5) and the African Union Solemn Declaration on Gender Equality in Africa, 2004.”
The main actors on the anti-FGM front have traditionally been The Inter-African Committee, UNFPA, The UN Refugee Agency and UNICEF—and so—it makes sense it is these organizations/‘branches’ of the UN that have been designated hosts for the meeting. There is formal media scheduled to be represented as well, including, Afromedianet. Equally, European Network-FGM will speak in a session.
This signals to the whole world that concrete genuine steps are being taken to solidify the resources for anti-FGM initiative, within, government.
For far too long FGM has been pushed under the carpet. That’s been the sentiment of many activists who have struggled to raise awareness over more than 40 years. Things are different now. For the first time in history chief world actors alongside the prominent activists have agreed to band together. It goes without saying; the work of all anti-FGM organizations has been emboldened by the enthusiasm of Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon stating unequivocally a UN-commitment to gender equality in September 2010 in New York.
Coupled with that—we’ve seen the emergence of—UN Women on the scene, with its new website out in January 2011. Of course the impressive former President of Chile Michelle Bachelet which SG Ban Ki-moon himself appointed at the helm [Executive Director/Under-Secretary General of UN Women] allows for a different climate to flourish. This year’s International Day is significant in that the overall strategy is being upped in part as a result of distinctly UN-Women driving in the shoulder and putting weight behind the anti-FGM cause.
The formidable contribution of The AHA Foundation; No Peace without Justice, Ban FGM and FGM NETWORK are obvious central keys as well to the current and overall political fervour galvanizing support behind ending the practice around the world.
Furthermore, TOSTAN out of Senegal; The Orchid Project [Davos winner] with on-going endorsement from Nick Kristof of the NYT; and The Waris Dirie Foundation are core developing partnerships with the same common goal of eradication. Equally UNICEF operates in tandem with the mandate of Inter-African Committee on Traditional Practices, whose personnel then work with several NGOs on the ground in Africa e.g. New Vision and Reach. By no means is this above list exhaustive.
Moreover, the commitment to eradicate FGM is exemplified by current initiatives taken place at a high-governmental level, both, nationally and internationally. These include: a global Appeal to Ban FGM worldwide underscoring efforts to bring forth an actual UN Resolution into the UN General Assembly at some point in the near future. This would seek a ban on the practice of female genital mutilation world-wide and would carry the weight of international law against torture behind it and along with it the lofty goal to make the very UN Resolution— ultimately—the 9th— of the 8 Millennium Goals.
There is reason to have hope.
A draft-copy resolution is in the works— spearheaded by—the Inter-African Committee, a giant, in the anti-FGM movement. As currently endorsed by UN headquarters in Geneva, Donor Working Group and Global Alliance against FGM a German-Canadian group now operational out of Geneva, we’re seeing several federating efforts. Using knowledge-sharing, a Global Portal is being developed with the aim to centralize all FGM-based resources, in addition to providing a vehicle for monitoring situations on the ground and immediate media-outreach. Thereby being a one-stop click able to view all resources pooled around FGM in one website and with ability to add to it—and therefore as a result—mobilization and communications strategies between Europe, Africa [and the Middle East in due course] can be ever enhancing; allowing for new partnerships, evolving every day, to be posted.
There is neither danger— nor contradiction— in the varying approaches to eradicating FGM which include legal and political and cultural. These can include but are not limited to strategies helping communities with unlearning harmful-to-girl cultural theory methodologies; sensitization and education; alternative employment measures for excisors—many different ways to fight FGM—but always complementary. There are reports of successful law enforcement and arrest of exisors—making the criminalization of FGM an accepted paradigm by and large and an integral part of an overall sensitization strategy. In Geneva, next week, Ambassadors from Burkina Faso, Egypt, Italy, The Netherlands, Norway, Kenya, Ethiopia will be heard speaking at session. Those African delegations to the UN who opposed this movement going forward to take these greater steps [becoming clear] at the UN September 2010 New York conference have been successfully marginalized in part on account of the tremendous unification of mobilization efforts agreed upon by the aforementioned plethora of organizations working on the front-line. Importantly 2011 is a synchronization of strategies between Europe and Africa. It is only through world-wide awareness of the on-going existence of FGM that true eradication can begin to take place.
If you know something, get in touch. It only takes a tweet or email or a FB post to get involved. Know that excisors practising FGM or those condoning/ lending credence/ supporting babies, little girls and womens’ genitals being sliced amidst societies of fear, coercion, and confusion are under watchful eye. The future can and will be better. If you see FGM happening, speak out. Don’t be a witness and do nothing.
Please note, Twitter hash-tag is: #FGM, #NOTOFGM, #STOPFGM #Feb6
* For more of my articles on this subject, please google “Diane Walsh and FGM” on google search and/or go my *all publications* tab on this site and scroll down
September 29, 2010
Vancouver Observer – articles