Monthly Archives: May 2001

Eradicating Female Genital Mutilation

Florence Ali is President of The Ghanaian Association for Women’s Welfare , an NGO working towards eliminating harmful traditional practices against women and children with female genital mutilation as a global concern being high on their list of priorities. Florence was previously a midwife and acted as the principle nursing officer for the public health administration in charge of the Accra region in Ghana.

Three million girls and women are subjected to genital mutilation, a dangerous and potentially life threatening procedure that causes unspeakable pain and suffering. This practive violates girl’s and women’s basic human rights, denying them of their physical and mental integrity, their right to freedom from violence and discrimination, and in the most extreme case, of their life.
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Sistersong Women of Color and Reproductive Justice Health Collective

Heidi Williamson is the Advocacy and Membership Coordinator for SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Health Collective. She is responsible for issue advocacy and education in Atlanta, Georgia on issues around reproductive health. Heidi’s position at SisterSong allows her blend two lifelong passions: social activism and empowering women of color through education and advocacy.

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Prior to her position with SisterSong, she was a political organizer in the labor movement organizing public sector workers with Services Employee International Union (SEIU). During her tenure there, she developed a statewide member political program, created a local Political Action Fund, and, lobbied on behalf of the 80,000 state employees throughout Georgia.
Since 1999 she has worked with several organizations that prioritize and empower women throughout Georgia. While President of NARAL GA Education Foundation, she developed programming for women of color and teens. She also worked for 9 to 5, the National Association of Working Women, where she helped coordinate the Atlanta Living Wage Campaign.
Heidi is a graduate of Georgia State University with a Bachelor of Arts in English and African American Studies.

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