So far the campaign has raised $31,000 for the humanitarian organization Clitoraid.
The goal is to be able to construct a "Pleasure Hospital" in Bobo-Dioulasso in Burkina Faso that will repair the clitoris of thousands of women who have been excised. They are hoping more will donate to their cause during this weekend's 'Everything About Sex'
event being held at the Direct Energy Center, Exhibition Place in Toronto this weekend.
The funding that begin in 2006 has helped pay for the land and lay the cornerstone of the hospital last May 26. The organization has also financed the rebuilding operation for 7 women who had been excised. A team of psychologists are preparing the basics to help women know that sex can be pleasurable by eliminating the taboos and guilt that their cultures have ingrained in them from an early age.
"Our African sisters are doing an extraordinary background work of teaching, explaining to women who think that excision is normal, all the harm they do to their young girls by accepting to turn them over to those women performing excisions. The list of candidates for the "Pleasure Hospital" is growing quickly; we have even received requests from Canada. One of our associate doctors in the United States, Dr. Marci Bowers, agreed to operate them", explains Sylvie Chabot, the spokesperson for the Canadian organization.
The practice of clitoral excision is commonplace in Central Africa, West Africa and the Middle East. There are more than 135 million women who have had the procedure performed on them.
Dr. Pierre Foldes, a French doctor who developed a surgical procedure to restore clitoral sensitivity to women founded Clitoraid in 2006.