It begins back in 2013 at the London School of Economics. I was in the Summer School where I took International Human Rights Law. One day our lecturer had us debate about female and male circumcision. My team was assigned to debate that female circumcision was worse. Personally, I had never heard about female circumcision before this debate. As I researched female genital mutilation (FGM), I was in complete awe. I could not believe that girls went through that especially the staggering numbers of FGM victims. It was from that debate on, that my passion for human rights in particularly the pursuit of sharing and preventing FGM was ignited. That following year, I graduated from my undergrad and went to pursue my masters in International Human Rights Law where I focused on FGM. This has inspire me to start FGM News.
- Ambar Nicole
Ambar Nicole - President & Founder
Ambar Nicole was raised in New York City where she graduated from Repertory Public School at the age of 16. She moved to London where she did her BA in International Studies at Goldsmiths University of London. As an undergraduate she attended the LSE Summer School where she was profoundly moved when she learned about FGM. She then pursued her LLM at City University of London where she majored in International Human Rights Law focusing on the criminalisation of female genital mutilation.
Marci Bowers, M.D. of Burlingame, California is a pelvic and gynecologic surgeon with more than 26 years’ experience in women’s healthcare. She is a University of Minnesota Medical School graduate and former class and student body president. Her Ob/Gyn residency was at the University of Washington. She remained in Seattle as an Obstetrician/Gynecologist at the Polyclinic and Swedish Medical Center, having delivered more than 2000 babies over 20 years. She added to her reconstructive pelvic surgery experience during her tenure in Trinidad, Colorado from 2003-2008. Asked by the organization, Clitoraid, Dr. Bowers apprenticed with noted French surgeon, Pierre Foldes in 2007-2009 to learn the technique of functional clitoral restoration after FGM, becoming the first US surgeon to do so. Dr. Bowers relocated her surgical practice to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2010. Dr. Bowers also holds an active faculty appointment at Mt. Sinai-Beth Israel in New York. As an international authority on clitoral reconstruction, Dr. Bowers is sought after as a speaker and worldwide surgical educator and has been featured in numerous documentaries and news features including the Guardian, BBC, Times of London, Esquire, Oprah, CBS Sunday Morning, Discovery Health. and many others.