Volume III | September to December 2018
SiA Inc. Quarterly News & Updates
"Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity" Martin Luther King Jr.
Launch of SiA Inc. in Kono District, Sierra Leone
September 8, 2018

SiA Inc. is the first global movement that celebrates initiated women and girls and empowers us to reclaim our bodies, our past and our African identities. SiA's main mission is to embolden more than 200 million circumcised women and girls around the world to stand up for our rights to dignity, equality and self-determination. Many circumcised women and adolescent girls, out of fear and especially ignorance, have bought into the western feminist propaganda called Female Genital Mutilation, or FGM, believing what many white women imagine about us - that we are sexually inferior, disfigured or dysfunctional. SiA inc. was formally launched in 2016 to dissociate female circumcision from western notions of FGM and demystify the origins and meanings of circumcision in the beginning of human civilization.

Why relaunch SiA Inc in Kono?

As indicated on my website www.fuambaisiaahmadu.com our past as Africans, and especially as African women is important. The name Sia (or Saa) literally means "circumcision" or Divine Creation or Knowledge. Sia is the name given to the first born girl among the Kono people of Eastern Sierra Leone (while the name Saa is given to the firstborn boy). On my birthday, September 8th, 2018, I formally relaunched SiA Inc. in my ancestral homeland to share knowledge of the importance of female and male circumcision to understanding the origin of my Kono people and our linkages with the ancient civilizations of Nubia and Egypt.

Learn more about SiA Inc activities in Sierra Leone and The Gambia as well as the U.S. by visiting the following websites:

At SiA Inc. we also have a lot of fun!!! Check out the video promo featuring lead Kono artist, Aboy Cheweh's birthday song to Dr. Ahmadu that he dedicated for the occasion!! Video produced by Dr. Ahmadu's sister, Sunju Ahmadu
Women International Leaders, WIL
On September 26, 2018 I was the keynote speaker at the Women International Leader's (WIL) annual gathering in downtown Philadelphia. The advert for the program captured the tone for the evening:

"If you mention female genital circumcision to most American women, the reaction usually is revulsion and fury. But many African women have a very different perspective. Dr. Fumbai Sia Ahmadu, Sierra Leonean-American medical anthropologist, heads a global grassroots movement that takes issue with what she believes is a misinformed and distorted American point of view. Having personally participated (willingly) in the circumcision ritual, she believes that Americans have a biased misunderstanding of what she sees as an important African cultural more. Rather than mutilate women, she claims, this coming of age ritual is a deeply bonding tribal experience that has been co-opted by people who use it to make money from American protest groups."

Melbourne, Australia
November 12-14, 2018
I n early November 2018, I took part in a three-day series of events that involved expert scholars, health practitioners and women’s advocacy groups to discuss the impact of anti-FGM laws on local communities. I met with frontline health and social welfare workers and talked about challenges they face navigating between affected women in their own communities and governing systems or agencies that often don’t quite get it. At the main event - a public symposium - a panel of multi-disciplinary scholars from Sweden, UK, US and Australia discussed difficulties, contradictions and obstacles in the implementation of FGM laws around the word.

Standing L. Dr. Juliet Rogers, Univ of Melbourne and R. Dr. Maree Pardy, Deakin University
Seated L. Dr. Rashida Mustafa, Manchester UK, Dr. Fuambai Sia Ahmadu, Professor Sara Johnsdotter, University of Malmo and Dr. Nan Seuffert, Univ of Wollongong
L. Dr. Fuambai Sia Ahmadu at post-symposium reception mingling with guests
L. Dr. Juliet Rogers and R. Dr. Fuambai Sia Ahmadu
Dismissal of US Federal FGM Law
"Judge Dismisses Key Counts in FGM Case in the US"

On Tuesday, November 20th, 2018, in an amazing turn of events, a US District Court judge found the Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) statute to be unconstitutional and dismissed the charges of FGM and conspiracy to commit FGM against Dr. Jumana Nargawalla and others of the Dawoodi Bohra muslim community originally from India.

Read more about this historical ruling here and get a full analysis of what this actually means in the U.S. from the video below - courtesy of @CuttingVoices, featuring Diamond Bennah, social media manager at SiA Inc.
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Diamond Bennah
Research Assistant and Social Media Manager
SiA Inc.