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I am a 2nd year law student at Widener University School of Law in Harrisburg, PA. As part of my Gender and the Law seminar, I have chosen to write about female genital mutilation and how legislation will not be sufficient to end this practice. While I have interviewed some women who have seen cases of FGM, I have been unsuccessful in contacting a woman who has undergone FGM herself. If there is any way that you could put me in contact with someone who has had FGM, it would be greatly appreciated. Sincerely, Christine

You should contact Equality Now, who has done extensive work around this issue. They have worked with Fauziya Kasinga, who left Togo so as not to have to be genitally mutilated, and Efua Dorkenoo, who is based in London, but originally from Ghana. Efua's organization, FORWARD, has done extensive work on this issue in London and directly in Africa. I am not sure if she herself has been genitally mutilated. There is also Mimi Ramsey, who was genitally mutilated as a little girl and who now works tirelessly so that other girls do not have to experience this unnecessary pain and trauma. You can also reach her through Equality Now. - Good luck - and let me know if you need more information.

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