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Vital reading on FGM
Blood Stains. A Child of Africa Reclaims Her Human Rights.

Blood Stains. A Child of Africa Reclaims Her Human Rights.

Author: Marie Therese-Cuny, Marie Th R Se-Cuny Khady

Paperback

Publisher: Uncut/Voices Press (15 Sept. 2010)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 3981386302

ISBN-13: 978-3981386301

"Blood Stains, a best-seller in France, is a Diaspora memoir about growing up in a traditional family in Senegal and emigration to Paris. Its feisty protagonist, Khady, suffers genital mutilation at age seven, a brutal rite that entails lifelong distress, sexual trauma and harrowing childbirths. Married off at thirteen to a man two decades older, the teenager bears five children, and, as a battered wife, blows the whistle on an immigrant community that serves men's interests. Not content to remain a victim, however, the young woman fights for education, earns an independent living and becomes an activist. Her courageous battle against FGM as founder and president of the European Network brings her to the U.N. to urge international support." (Amazon.co.uk)

Cut Flowers

Cut Flowers

Author: Aneeta Prem

Paperback: 178 pages

Publisher: Prem Publishing; 1st Edition edition (6 Jun. 2016)

ISBN-10: 0956975151

ISBN-13: 978-0956975157

Katie and Sophia are just two ordinary girls eagerly awaiting
the summer holidays until their teacher, Miss Adams, gives

them their summer homework – to prepare a presentation
about what they did over the holidays. Little did they know
that it would be the start of a lifelong mission to protect
young girls all over the world.

The adventure starts when Katie and her family go to Africa
to meet her Granny Jojo and cousins for the first time. But
behind the fun in the sun and the safari trips, something’s
not quite right. Katie stumbles upon an old family secret
and it’s up to her to get things out in the open. What really
happened to her Aunt Daisy, and why does no one ever talk
about her anymore? With her mum’s help, Katie finally begins
to understand what happened all those years ago, but will
she uncover the truth in time to save herself and her cousin
Sweetpea from a similar fate?

Meanwhile back in England, Sophia is completely unaware of
the danger that her friend is facing as she joins forces with her
new friend Charlie on their own seaside singing adventure,
which brings them into royal circles.
When Katie finally returns from Africa she needs all of Sophia’s
support and creative flair to shine a spotlight on something
that’s affecting millions of girls worldwide, but that no one
seems to want to talk about…

Cut: One Woman's Fight Against FGM in  Britain Today

Cut: One Woman's Fight Against FGM in Britain Today

Author: Hibo Wardere

Paperback: 272 pages

Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK; UK ed. edition (7 April 2016)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1471153983

ISBN-13: 978-1471153983

"Hibo Wardere is a campaigner and educator on FGM and related issues. Born in Somalia, she moved to London as a teenager and now works in London as an FGM co-ordinator working for a new government-led prevention programme. She lives with her husband and five children in East London." (Amazon.co.uk)

Cutting the Rose: Female Genital Mutilation: The Practice & Its Prevention

Cutting the Rose: Female Genital Mutilation: The Practice & Its Prevention

Author: Efua Dorkenoo

Series: Minority Rights Publications

Paperback: 192 pages

Publisher: Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center (February 1996)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1873194951

ISBN-13: 978-1873194959

"Efua Dorkenoo's work and words will inform and inspire us. This is a brave book, she is an international treasure..." -- Gloria Steinem (Amazon.co.uk)

Desert Flower: The Extraordinary Life of a Desert Nomad

Desert Flower: The Extraordinary Life of a Desert Nomad

Author: Waris Dirie

Paperback: 240 pages

Publisher: William Morrow & Company (Oct. 1999)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0688172377

ISBN-13: 978-0688172374

"Waris Dirie (the name means desert flower) lives a double life - by day she is a famous model and UN spokeswoman on women's rights in Africa, at night she dreams of her native Somalia. Waris, one of 12 children, was born into a traditional family of desert nomads in East Africa. She remembers her early childhood as carefree- racing camels and moving on with her family to the next grazing spot - until it came her turn to meet the old woman who administered the ancient custom imposed on most Somalian girls: circumcision. Waris suffered this torture when she was just five years old. Then, aged 12, when her father attempted to arrange a marriage with a 60 year old stranger in exchange for five camels - she took flight. After an extraordinary escape through the dangerous desert she made her way to London and worked as a maid for the Somalian ambassador until that family returned home. Penniless and speaking little English, she became a janitor in McDonalds where she was famously discovered by a fashion photographer. Her story is a truly inspirational and extraordinary self-portrait of a remarkable woman whose spirit is as breathtaking as her beauty." (Amazon.co.uk)

Do They Hear You When You Cry

Do They Hear You When You Cry

Author: Fauziya Kassindja

Paperback: 529 pages

Publisher: Delta (January 12, 1999)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0385319940

ISBN-13: 978-0385319942

"For Fauziya Kassindja, an idyllic childhood in Togo, West Africa, sheltered from the tribal practices of polygamy and genital mutilation, ended with her beloved father's sudden death.  Forced into an arranged marriage at age seventeen, Fauziya was told to prepare for kakia, the ritual also known as female genital mutilation.  It is a ritual no woman can refuse.  But Fauziya dared to try.   

This is her story--told in her own words--of fleeing Africa just hours before the ritual kakia was to take place, of seeking asylum in America only to be locked up in U.S.  prisons, and of meeting Layli Miller Bashir, a law student who became Fauziya's friend and advocate during her horrifying sixteen months behind bars.  Layli enlisted help from Karen Musalo, an expert in refugee law and acting director of the American University International Human Rights Clinic.  In addition to devoting her own considerable efforts to the case, Musalo assembled a team to fight with her on Fauziya's behalf.  Ultimately, in a landmark decision in immigration history, Fauziya Kassindja was granted asylum on June 13, 1996.  Do They Hear You When You Cry is her unforgettable chronicle of triumph." (Amazon.co.uk)

Eradicating Female Genital Mutilation: A UK Perspective

Eradicating Female Genital Mutilation: A UK Perspective

Author: Hilary Burrage

Paperback: 360 pages

Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (October 18, 2015)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1472419944

ISBN-13: 978-1472419941

"This ground-breaking handbook details the present situation with regard to female genital mutilation (FGM) in Britain, referring also to other Western nations where FGM occurs. It scrutinises current pathways to eradicating this dangerous, sometimes lethal, form of child abuse and gender-related violence. The cultural and belief systems giving rise to FGM are complex. Further, FGM is an intensely intimate matter often imposed on young and vulnerable children. Approaches to its eradication therefore demand considerable human insight and a competent grasp of inter-/cross-agency working. It is also vital that everyone concerned - whether in caring and parental, safeguarding or other roles - understands fully that, regardless of custom or belief, FGM is a serious crime. The vulnerabilities and need for protection of victims and potential victims are paramount, but these pressing priorities do not lessen the requirement that all aspects of FGM be dealt with straightforwardly in accordance with the law. This book makes the case urgently for developing a shared, coherent model - a multi-disciplinary paradigm articulated at the highest level - as the basis to achieve the eradication of FGM. The text will be required reading for health, legal, educational and social services professionals, as well as researchers, policy-makers, school governors, journalists and other concerned citizens." (Amazon.co.uk)

Female "Circumcision" in Africa: Culture, Controversy and Change

Female "Circumcision" in Africa: Culture, Controversy and Change

Author: Bettina Shell-Duncan and Yiva Hernlund

Paperback: 320 pages

Publisher: Lynne Rienner Publishers (31 Jan. 2001)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1555879950

ISBN-13: 978-1555879952

"This interdisciplinary volume examines the issue of female genital cutting, or "circumcision" and explores the role that scholars can and should play in approaching this issue." (Amazon.co.uk)

Female Genital Mutilation

Female Genital Mutilation

Author: Comfort Momoh

Paperback: 120 pages

Publisher: CRC Press; 1 edition (1 Oct. 2005)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1857756932

ISBN-13: 978-1857756937

"This unique book will assist those who care for women and girls who have had, or are at risk of having female genital mutilation. It focuses on caring for both physical and mental needs of the vulnerable or suffering and maintains an understanding, holistic and objective approach to the current situation. It contains colour plates, illustrations, photos and graphs. Female Genital Mutilation is a valuable reference for healthcare professionals and others involved in social services, teaching, child protection and police services. Caseworkers involved with asylum seekers and refugees, children’s charities, and policy makers and shapers will also find it useful, as will researchers and academics." (Amazon.co.uk)

Female Genital Mutilation: A Guide to Laws and Policies Worldwide

Female Genital Mutilation: A Guide to Laws and Policies Worldwide

Author: Anita Rahman and Nahid Toubia

Paperback: 272 pages

Publisher: Zed Books; 1 edition (30 Jun. 2000)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1856497739

ISBN-13: 978-1856497732

"This is the most extensive report currently available on the use of law and policy to address the practice of female circumcision/female genital mutilation (FC/FGM). In encouraging a proactive governmental response to the practice, the book places it firmly in a human rights and legal framework. The result of a major research report in 41 countries, both North and South, it covers not only the prevalence of FC/FGM but the various laws and other measures in place to prevent it. The book describes FC/FGM, its history, its consequences for health and the movement now working to combat it. It then reports on each country - its prevalence and governmental measures for its eradication. FC/FGM is not exclusively a concern of African governments. Countries of the North have also adopted legal measures aimed at preventing the practice. These measures, however, are clearly directed at their immigrant populations. This throws up a classic dilemma of human rights work: whether or not to fight for rights that are seen as universal and fundamental - in this case the bodily integrity of women - when it means overriding the cultural beliefs of individuals, or minority groups. Finding a solution to this problem is the second aim of this book. The authors suggest an answer through the actual implementation of human rights treaties. They look at how FC/FGM violates these rights for women: specifically freedom from gender discrimination and violence, the right to health and the rights of children. The last section of the book makes recommendations for action by governments, the international community, and non-governmental organizations." (Amazon.co.uk)

Female Genital Mutilation: legal, cultural and medical issues

Female Genital Mutilation: legal, cultural and medical issues

Author: Rosemarie Skaine

Paperback: 331 pages

Publisher: McFarland & Co (30 April 2005)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0786421673

ISBN-13: 978-0786421671

"This book discusses the definition and types of FGM and explores the common justifications for the practice, along with the incidence in Africa, global laws, legal issues, rights and religion. Ethical considerations are examined, as are progress and the role of culture. Personal interviews help to expand and enrich the discussion. The book concludes with thoughts on the movement from tradition to cultural evolution." (Amazon.co.uk)

Female Genital Mutilation: Treating the Tears

Female Genital Mutilation: Treating the Tears

AuthorHaseena Lockhat

Paperback: 250 pages

Publisher: Middlesex University Press; Ill edition (10 Feb. 2004)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1898253900

ISBN-13: 978-1898253907

"FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION: TREATING THE TEARS deals with the topical and controversial issue of female circumcision. A thoroughly researched and academic work, it aims to raise awareness not only of the physical but also the psychological effects of this procedure.

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) has re-surfaced in the UK since the 1980s following the migration of people from FGM-practising countries. As a result, various professionals nationwide are likely to encounter girls and women who have been either circumcised or are ‘at risk’ of being circumcised.

Female Genital Mutilation: Treating the Tears describes how the UK has no effective procedure either to identify girls 'at risk' or to identify those who have been taken away to be circumcised. In addition, there is no blanket training, information, or guidance to health providers and health professionals, and few support mechanisms for girls who have suffered from their experience. Dr Lockhat argues that there is a real opportunity for their work to be co-ordinated, for good practice to be shared, and a real difference to be made. From extensive interviews with circumcised women she details their experiences and recommends ways forward for all those who may be involved in their care.

Although primarily of interest to those working in health and social care, the subject is also of interest to a wider audience and is written in a highly readable and accessible style." (Amazon.co.uk)

Female Mutilation: The Truth Behind the Horrifying Global Practice of Female Genital Mutilation

Female Mutilation: The Truth Behind the Horrifying Global Practice of Female Genital Mutilation

Author: Hilary Burrage

Paperback: 200 pages

Publisher: New Holland Publishers (May 2, 2016)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1742576079

ISBN-13: 978-1742576077

"The numbers of girls and women affected around the world are staggering. Death is not an uncommon outcome. Female genital mutilation (FGM) is the partial or complete removal of the external female genitals for cultural rather than medical or religious reasons?its origin is unknown. Practitioners believe the procedure enhances the girl’s health, hygiene, chastity, fertility and marriage prospects?the truth is it obliterates sexual pleasure, causes severe health problems and is sometimes fatal. This book covers this controversial cultural practice that is taking place around the world including in Western countries where it is illegal. Read the harrowing stories of women who have been genitally mutilated, their accounts of survival and their determination to end this injustice. Find out what is being done to combat this crime against women from those committed to see change." (Amazon.co.uk)

In the Name of Tradition: Female Genital Mutilation in Iran

In the Name of Tradition: Female Genital Mutilation in Iran

AuthorKameel Ahmady

Publisher: UnCUT/VOICES Press (31 July 2016)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 398138637X

ISBN-13: 978-3981386370

"From the Prologue: Although efforts to eradicate a thousand-year-old custom are challenged by the very tenacity – and increasingly recognized ubiquity – of the practice, Female Genital Mutilation is an issue of urgency to feminists, human rights campaigners and social activists as well as international organizations such as UNICEF and many responsible governments determined to end it. I join them. ... This research [began] when I returned from Europe after a prolonged absence to my birthplace, Iranian Kurdistan, to learn more about FGM. For several years I had worked in Africa with humanitarian relief NGOs and observed UN projects to combat excision in countries like Egypt, Somalia, Kenya and Sudan. Remembering hushed tones from my childhood suggesting that FGM -- locally called sunnet -- existed in some parts of Iranian Kurdistan, I decided to conduct some preliminary research beginning with my own family and close relatives. Imagine my shock when uncovering evidence that FGM had long existed in areas of Mukriyan and that my grandmothers, mother and sister had all endured it. In fact, within Iran, a heavy omerta hangs over the practice. Only a limited number of people from non-FGM-practicing provinces know of its concentration within some regions of the country. Being male and having a ‘non-traditional’ background in the sense that I lived abroad, my detailed questions about this extremely sensitive topic—the cutting of women’s ‘private parts’— created resistance and bewilderment. Some local residents, especially men, refused to take me seriously, while others, including a number of my own relatives, opined that this subject was unworthy of an educated male’s attention. Researching FGM was deemed not a “manly” job. Here I would like to thank my late father who, despite the pressure of neighbors’ viewpoints and from time to time also the government’s, supported me throughout.

The scope of the project gradually extended into regions of Iran beyond my home, and in this journey, I enjoyed assistance in fieldwork as well as in analysis and assembly of data.

While focused most sharply on FGM-affected areas in the western part of the country, namely West Azerbaijan, Kurdistan and Kermanshah provinces, and some areas in southern Iran, that is, Hormozgan province and its islands, you will find a comprehensive overview of the custom’s prevalence throughout the entire country." (Amazon.co.uk)

Kiminta, A Maasai's Fight against Female Genital Mutilation

Kiminta, A Maasai's Fight against Female Genital Mutilation

Author: Maria Kiminta and Tobe Levin

Paperback: 138 pages

Publisher: UnCUT/VOICES Press (1 Sept. 2015)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 3981386361

ISBN-13: 978-3981386363

"Kiminta, a Maasai subjected to female genital mutilation, tells her personal story in order to encourage abandonment of a harmful tradition. Having moved to Germany, she espouses a human rights position, arguing for government accountability and application of international conventions to stop the disability and pain. Her memoir is amplified by source material, making the book suitable for classroom use." (Amazon.co.uk)

Prisoners of Ritual: an Odssey into Female Genital Circumcision in Africa

Prisoners of Ritual: an Odssey into Female Genital Circumcision in Africa

Author: Hanny Lightfoot-Klein

Paperback: 318 pages

Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (17 Oct. 1989)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 091839368X

ISBN-13: 978-0918393685

"This unique volume focuses on the psychosexual and social effects of female genital mutilation, an ancient, deeply entrenched custom saturating the larger part of Africa. Over a period of six years, Author Hanny Lightfoot-Klein trekked through outlying areas of Sudan, Kenya, and Egypt, where she lived with a number of African families. What she learned by way of in-depth personal interviews and firsthand observation has enabled her to add a previously unknown and often astonishing dimension to our knowledge of ritual practices and human sexuality. This valuable book will be extremely helpful to professionals and scholars in women's studies, social psychology, psychotherapy, psychiatry, gynecology, sexology, as well as cross-cultural and African studies. It should also interest anyone who is concerned with male circumcision in the United States." (Amazon.co.uk)

Rose Lore

Rose Lore

Author: Frankie Hutton

Paperback: 332 pages

Publisher: Uncut/Voices Press (16 Jan. 2012)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 3981386396

ISBN-13: 978-3981386394

"Throughout history and across cultures, important figures such as Nostradamas in France, Daniel Andreeve in Russia, Dr. Edward Bach in England, and Dr. Tomin Harada in Japan have brought to light the symbolic and medicinal qualities of the rose. Written by scholars and researchers from diverse backgrounds, the essays in Rose Lore are a rendering of global cultural history, literature, and metaphysics, woven together in a collection that will be valuable to several disciplines. The essays present numerous qualities of the rose as a symbol with broad cultural, social, and historical meanings: from astrology, to the history of Catholicism, to the new anti-Female Genital Mutilation global movement." (Amazon.co.uk)

Taboo. Voices of Women in Uganda on Female Genital Mutilation

Taboo. Voices of Women in Uganda on Female Genital Mutilation

Author: Violet Barungi

Paperback: 170 pages

Publisher: UnCUT/VOICES Press (29 Aug. 2015)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 3981386353

ISBN-13: 978-3981386356

"The oral histories, short stories and poems in this collection in which women in Uganda speak out revolve around the inhumanity of FGM (female genital mutilation). Tradition shrouds the practice in mystery but the societal norms which dictate such cruel interventions in women's sexual development don't take their welfare into consideration. It is hoped that after reading these perturbing testimonies by FGM victims, women and young girls in all parts of Uganda -- and the world-- will take more vigorous steps to denounce the barbaric tradition and reclaim their rights, lives and enjoyment of full womanhood." (Amazon.co.uk)

The Female Circumcision Controversy: An Anthropological Perspective

The Female Circumcision Controversy: An Anthropological Perspective

Author: Ellen Gruenbaum

Paperback: 256 pages

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press (1 Dec. 2000)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0812217462

ISBN-13: 978-0812217469

"To the Western eye, there is something jarringly incongruous, even shocking, about the image of a six-year-old girl being held down by loving relatives so that her genitals can be cut. Yet two million girls experience this each year. Most Westerners, upon learning of the practice of female circumcision, have responded with outrage; those committed to improving the status of women have gone beyond outrage to action by creating various programs for "eradicating" the practice. But few understand the real life complexities families face in deciding whether to follow the traditional practices or to take the risk of change.

In The Female Circumcision Controversy, Ellen Gruenbaum points out that Western outrage and Western efforts to stop genital mutilation often provoke a strong backlash from people in the countries where the practice is common. She looks at the validity of Western arguments against the practice. In doing so, she explores both outsider and insider perspectives on female circumcision, concentrating particularly on the complex attitudes of the individuals and groups who practice it and on indigenous efforts to end it. Gruenbaum finds that the criticisms of outsiders are frequently simplistic and fail to appreciate the diversity of cultural contexts, the complex meanings, and the conflicting responses to change.

Drawing on over five years of fieldwork in Sudan, where the most severe forms of genital surgery are common, Gruenbaum shows that the practices of female circumcision are deeply embedded in Sudanese cultural traditions—in religious, moral, and aesthetic values, and in ideas about class, ethnicity, and gender. Her research illuminates both the resistance to and the acceptance of change. She shows that change is occurring as the result of economic and social developments, the influences of Islamic activists, the work of Sudanese health educators, and the efforts of educated African women. That does not mean that there is no role for outsiders, Gruenbaum asserts, and she offers suggestions for those who wish to help facilitate change.

By presenting specific cultural contexts and human experiences with a deep knowledge of the tremendous variation of the practice and meaning of female circumcision, Gruenbaum provides an insightful analysis of the process of changing this complex, highly debated practice." (Amazon.co.uk)

Transcultural Bodies: Female Genital Cutting in Global Context

Transcultural Bodies: Female Genital Cutting in Global Context

Author: Bettina Shell-Duncan and Yiva Hernlund

Paperback: 432 pages

Publisher: Rutgers University Press (30 July 2007)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0813540267

ISBN-13: 978-0813540269

"Female ""circumcision"" or, more precisely, female genital cutting (FGC), remains an important cultural practice in many African countries, often serving as a coming-of-age ritual. It is also a practice that has generated international dispute and continues to be at the center of debates over women's rights, the limits of cultural pluralism, the balance of power between local cultures, international human rights, and feminist activism. In our increasingly globalized world, these practices have also begun immigrating to other nations, where transnational complexities vex debates about how to resolve the issue. Bringing together thirteen essays, ""Transcultural Bodies"" provides an ethnographically rich exploration of FGC among African diasporas in the United Kingdom, Europe, and Australia. The contributors analyze changes in ideologies of gender and sexuality in immigrant communities, the frequent marginalization of African women's voices in debates over FGC, and controversies over legislation restricting the practice in immigrant populations." (Amazon.co.uk)

Undoing FGM: Pierre Foldes, The Surgeon Who Restores the Clitoris

Undoing FGM: Pierre Foldes, The Surgeon Who Restores the Clitoris

Author: Hubert Prolongeau

Translation: Tobe Levin

Paperback: 270 pages

Publisher: UnCUT/VOICES Press (11 Sept. 2011)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 3981386310

ISBN-13: 978-3981386318

"One hundred and thirty million excised women inhabit the globe. These massive statistics mask human realities: torment breaks these victims one by one. Pierre Foldes took their hurt in both hands, nesting their stammered complaints in his heart. Like most physicians, he could simply have eased their pain and kept his mouth shut. But he began to think outside the box, at no little cost to himself, and became an activist. To have invented the surgical technique that repairs excision, fine. But to try to prevent excision, that was far riskier. For reasons both medical and humanitarian, Pierre Foldes chose to put himself on the line. This is what hubert Prolongeau tells us, narrating not only an unadorned tale of admiration but a beautiful book, written by a master's pen. useful and convincing."

Waafrika 123: 1992. Kenya. Two Womyn Fall in Love.

Waafrika 123: 1992. Kenya. Two Womyn Fall in Love.

Author: Nick Hadikwa Mwaluko

Paperback: 176 pages

Publisher: UnCUT/VOICES Press; Revised Version of the 2013 Sh ed. edition (1 Oct. 2016)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 3981386388

ISBN-13: 978-3981386387

"1992. Kenya. On the eve of the country’s first democratic elections, everyone is brewing with expression, even in the tiny, rural village, Luoland, with no elec - tricity or running water some 250 kilometers northwest of Nairobi. There, although lesbians ‘don’t exist’ in Kenya, two women fall in love: Bobby, a blond American development worker and Awino from the Luo tribe. To complicate matters, Awino’s father is also the Chief who enforces traditions and codes. So when famine strikes, the villagers blame the lesbians for the many, many deaths by starvation. To regain equilibrium, to make everything “normal” once again, Awino – butch bordering on trans – must be “circumcised” – by force – so s/he can act like a real woman rather than a woman “who wants to be” a man, and Bobby must leave. Will Awino and Bobby agree to separate for the good of their community? Or will the village itself change?" (Amazon.co.uk)

Waging Empathy

Waging Empathy

Author: Tobe Levin

Paperback: 244 pages

Publisher: Uncut/Voices Press (20 May 2014)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 3981386337

ISBN-13: 978-3981386332

"In 1992, Pulitzer Prize-winner Alice Walker did a wonderful thing: she became the first major author to dedicate a novel “to the blameless vulva” and thereby set an egregious abuse of girl’s and women’s rights -- female genital mutilation or FGM -- in the public spotlight. 2012 marked the twentieth anniversary of this landmark publication. In response, UnCUT/VOICES Press issued a call for papers that lead to this unique collection: essays on Walker’s revolutionary book and its worldwide reception by a group of scholars that spans the earth – Waging Empathy. Alice Walker, Possessing the Secret of Joy, and the Global Movement to Ban FGM. From Japan to India to Europe, Africa and the USA: four continents contribute to this praise-song for an American native daughter with international appeal." (Amazon.co.uk)