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Frequently Asked Questions about
The FGM Education and Networking Project
Maintained by Marianne Sarkis
Version 1, 6/30/1999
The purpose of the FGM Education and Networking Project is the
dissemination on-line and offline of material related to female
genital mutilation, otherwise known as female circumcision. The
Project seeks to form an online clearinghouse and a community for
researchers, activists, attorneys, and health care practitioners
to obtain information and network with others involved in similar
The Director of this project is Marianne Sarkis, Ph.D., applied medical
anthropologist and Assistant Professor of International Development and Social Change at Clark University. You can read more about
Professor Sarkis at her university webpage. Originally from Lebanon, she became aware of the
practice of female genital mutilation affecting women in the Middle East and Africa.
We are constantly working on new projects, and seek to constantly
update this site to reflect current developments and research on
this issue. Some of the future projects include translations of
some historical material on FGM from French and Arabic, FGM country
reports, case studies from the field, a comprehensive bibliography,
and an FGM Asylum Network.
This site is updated on a regular basis, depending of course on
time and new material. Check often on the "What's New" section to
find out about recent additions to the site.
Submissions are always welcomed at this WebSite. Remember, the
main focus of this site is the dissemination of information related
to FGM. So, if you've written an article or a paper for a class,
and you'd like to include it here, please send it using the Email Feedback Form. All submissions are subject to
review. Editing, if needed, will be done in cooperation with the
author and the Director.
Yes. So far, there are two authors who are featured by the FGM
Education and Networking Project. We are always looking for more.
If you have written a number of articles, and you'd like to be sponsored
by this Project, please send an email using the Email Feedback Form
Absolutely! The more organizations and information, the better.
We would be honored to have your site hosted here. Please email
the Director using the Email Feedback Form,
and propose the idea, and a WebPage will be created for you. You
can have as much or as little information as you like on there,
and it will be included. Special attention will be paid to retain
the original "feel" of the material provided. If you don't have
a lot of material, just send your brochure and some information.
The WebPage created will be professionally designed, and contact
information will be provided for you. Your site will be http://www.fgmnetwork.org/yourname.
The design and hosting will be provided pro bono.
If you'd like to make a donation, you can use Paypal.
Since this project is not yet incorporated, donations are not tax deductible. We appreciate your help. Donations will go towards maintaining the logistics of the website as well as outreach (mailing information, copying information), etc. In addition, on a yearly basis, the budget will be reviewed and any extra money will be sent to an international NGO working to stop FGC.
There are many ways you can get involved with this Project. Since the main focus of the Project is the dissemination of information, if you have any skills or time you can volunteer to help out with the research, design, translation or networking, you can send an email using the Email Feedback Form, and someone will get back to you. Please include the ways in which you can help.