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#EndFGM Panel with UNSG Ban Ki-Moon


#EndFGM LogoOn February 8th 2016 representatives of governments, UN agencies, and civil society gathered in the ECOSOC Chamber at the United Nations in New York.  The occasion was the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).  UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon opened the program, celebrating progress made to date on the issue, and UNFPA Executive Director Babatunde Osotimehin went on to acknowledge the commitments of governments taking a stand to end FGM.

Thought provoking program

J Marshall Events last worked with UNFPA on the International Fistula Day launch so we were thrilled to be asked to help produce another exciting program with them.  Facing many challenges including a change of date mere days before the event and a potential change of venue, the JME team rose to the occasion and the several hundred guests were treated to a moving and thought-provoking program.


Femi Oke

We were also delighted to work once again with one of our favorite journalists and television presenters, Femi Oke, who came on board as moderator. Keeping everyone on track she facilitated a lively discussion among a panel of experts, including activists and survivors of FGM, as well as government and UNICEF representatives.

Femi Oke with #EndFGM Logo

Femi Oke

The Arts Effect

The Arts Effect

Inna Modja preforms at #EndFGM

Inna Modja

The Arts Effect

The ECOSOC Chamber erupted in applause after three adolescent actresses from the The Arts Effect All Girls Theater Company, performed the play “Uncut, Her Story” which portrayed the experiences of FGM survivors. Presented by Equality Now and written and directed by Katie Cappiello, the room shook as guests gave the performers a standing ovation.

Inna Modja

Musician and FGM survivor Inna Modja closed the program with a rousing performance which was resumed in the Delegates Dining Room where the guests relocated for a light lunch. Inna, who was on the panel, is an advocate for the elimination of FGM and an outspoken opponent of violence against women.

The full event webcast is available on the UNTV website. Show your support #EndFGM.

J Marshall Events was honored to work alongside the UNFPA to produce the event for the first International Day to End Obstetric Fistula.  The Campaign’s 10th anniversary coincided with this special inaugural event and culminated in a truly memorable evening at the United Nations on May 23rd, 2013.

UNFPA participants and performers

Photos © Whitney Kidder

Compered by ABC television journalist Juju Chang, there were impassioned speeches from Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney and UNFPA Deputy Executive Director, Kate Gilmore, about fistula which affects more than 2 million women and girls worldwide, endangering their lives and ostracizing them from their communities.

Juju Chang
The program included rousing performances from singer-songwriter, Baay Bia, who along with guest artists, sang an original song dedicated to the Fistula Campaign, and an exciting Bollywood Dance routine from the Ajna Dance Company.  Singer/actress and UNFPA Spokesperson for Fistula, Natalie Imbruglia, spoke about her work to raise awareness for this treatable condition and introduced an animated video about the cause.

Baay BiaNatalie Imbruglia
A highlight of the evening was a moving account from Ethiopian fistula survivor, Beriha Tsegay who, with the aid of an interpreter, described her journey from victim to survivor to women’s advocate, thanks to surgical treatment and assistance from the Campaign.  After a standing ovation, Beriha received a bouquet of flowers from Gillian Slinger, the passionate Campaign Coordinator, wearing her trademark yellow flower.

Gillian Slinger with flowers for Beriha Tsegay

The Campaign to end Fistula is currently active in more than 50 countries around the world and the UNFPA and its global partners have successfully treated thousands of women and girls.

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