Friday, October 23, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Female genital mutilation is not an “exotic issue”: Today, FGM is one of the most systematic and widespread mistreatment and violation of childrens’ rights worldwide. Every year, more than three million victims are submitted to this violence on the African continent alone. Those victims from Yemen, the united Arab Emirates, Iraq and Iran, Indonesia and Malaysia have even to be added.
The extent of FGM might be hard to believe: Up to 90 % of a country´s or a region´s female children (e.g., in Egypt, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Sudan, Somalia, Gambia, Sierra Leone, etc.) are victimized by genital mutilations. The vast majority of the victims is physically and mentally damaged and traumatised for life. We have to assume that today, more than 200 million victims exist worldwide.
As long as this violence is not stopped, as long as the deliberate damaging of whole female generations goes on, broad and lasting development in these countries or regions remains impossible. This means, that the end of female genital mutilation and the consequent protection of future generations is a very important key for lasting development.
Every organisation that works with a sponsored child system has a special responsibility and duty of care for the sponsored children: All above mentioned organisations market sponsorships for female children in countries and regions where genital mutilations are widespread.
Have you ever asked the organisations whether and how the sponsored girls are protected from female genital mutilation? Not yet? We did!
We are not talking about some individually viewed cases, but up 400,000 sponsored girls in 18 countries to whom protection is denied!
Please find here an interview with Lucy Mashua, who originally comes from the South of Kenya and who decided to take the campaign under her patronage:
Lucy Mashua comes from South Kenya, from a Maasai family. Today, the 30-years old woman lives in Dallas where, after a long Odysse, she found a new home. At age of nine, she became a victim of female genital mutilation, at age of twelve, she was sold to a 53-year old man, did escape from him - and dedicated herself already at age of 21 to the protection of girls from genital mutilation. Countless girls she helped to flee from this violence. Several times, she has been arrested, raped and tortured by the Clan-chefs - but imperturbably she continued to fight for the most fundamental rights of women and children - especially the fight for an end of FGM. About these practices she says: "Every year, thousands of girls and women die from female genital mutilation - if this is not genocide, what is it then?" ... "I want to be a voice for the voiceless" Lucy claims and raises her voice - strong, consequent and imperturbable. Lucy Mashua supports our campaign to protect sponsored girl-children in projects of German and International development agencies.
She talked with us about her decision.
What you can do
Until now, PLAN International, World Vision, Kindernothilfe (Germany) and ChildFund Germany have not felt prompted to protect the sponsored girls from FGM. One reason for their ignorant attitude is the fact that donors mostly do not consequently demand the protection of their sponsored children.
As long as you, as a donor, accept the organisations' policy of FGM-tolerance and silently continue to wire money to their accounts, you encourage them to retain this policy.
But if you think that it's time for a change you can play an important part in this – and it does not cost you any money, but only a few minutes of your time and a few clicks:
Simply sign one, several or all of the following letters and send them to the board of PLAN International, World Vision, Kindernothilfe (Germany) and Children's fund CCF / ChildFund Germany.
By signing these letters:
- you call for the stipulation of the safety and protection from FGM of the sponsored girls in the preconditions for support for the communities,
- you call for a careful selection of the project partners, means that only those communities are supported who respect the most fundamental children's and human rights and and so proof their will to develop,
- you call for an investment of donations in the most economic and effective way.
Letter to PLAN International - click here
Letter to World Vision - click here
Letter to Kindernothilfe (Germany) - click here
Letter to CCF Kinderhilfwerk/ChildFund Germany - click here
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Saturday, October 3, 2009
I keep on getting messages from Greenpeace that i should support them to SAVE THE WHALES....
If you need the proof that you cannot trust GREENPEACE check this: We are going to the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary to do what we can to ensure that happens and will use a range of peaceful means to defend the whales, including putting ourselves between the whale and the harpoon.......
Now what Greenpeace does is use a lot of means ..but not to defend the whales!
Whaledefenders stop the killing has now18.000 members many of them keep on donating to the
wrong whaledefenders! They have no idea about GREENPEACE and SEA SHEPHERD...
People must want to learn the truth or they will not find it....
Greenpeace tells people their truth...
Sea Shepherd tells people their truth..
Who do the people believe more?
Who is spending more money on PROPAGANDA?
Why cannot all the people who want to save whales work together?
There is only ONE WHALING MAFIA and only ONE WAY to defend the whales!
Paul Watson has made many public requests for Greenpeace to reveal the location of the whaling fleet or otherwise cooperate with Sea Shepherd in the Southern Ocean when the ships of both organisations have been there simultaneously.
Captain Paul Watson: We provide Greenpeace with coordinates for the whalers, and we expected them to return the favor.
We passionately want to stop whaling, and will do so peacefully. That's why we won't help Sea Shepherd. Greenpeace is committed to non-violence and we'll never, ever, change that, not for anything. If we helped Sea Shepherd to find the whaling fleet we'd be responsible for anything they did having got that information, and history shows that they've used violence in the past, in the most dangerous seas on Earth. For us, non-violence is a non-negotiable, precious principle. Greenpeace will continue to act to defend the whales, but will never attack or endanger the whalers.... Read More
Captain Paul Watson: Sea Shepherd has never committed an act of violence. We have never injured anyone. We have never been convicted of a felony (Greenpeacers have). We have never been sued (Greenpeace has). Greenpeace has also been reported by Japan... for ramming a Japanese whaler and then denounces us for doing the same thing. In actual fact neither Greenpeace nor Sea Shepherd have deliberately rammed a Japanese whaler. In both cases, it was Japan that imitated the ramming. The latest Greenpeace tactic has been to steal property from the Japanese mail. The Greenpeace policy of bearing witness is just another way of saying that they are cowards. You don't watch whales die and just take their pictures. You intervene and you stop the killing - that is real non-violence - to stop the killing without hurting anyone.
This letter from Greenpeace to Paul Watson is good food for thought...
If you are still supporting the false whaledefenders...LIES LIES LIES
Who do YOU believe more?
Fact is that SEA SHEPHERD is the only organisation that will be out there in the whale
sanctuary defending whales!
Invite your friends to join the whaledefenders stop the killing!
Join GREEDPEACE and tell all your friends the truth about GREENPEACE
If you want to save the whales SUPPORT SEA SHEPHERD forget Greenpeace and all the other wonderful organisations that are wasting money on campaigns..instead of saving whales!
I feel like i am the only person in the world who thinks that a BOYCOTT is a fair and a good way to stop the killing!
What do you think will it help?if Toyota Panasonic Sony and all the other wonderful Japanese brands speak up in Japan and tell the government to stop wasting TAX money to support the WHALING MAFIA
Whaledefenders stop the killing