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Human Rights Organization Debuts ‘International Clitoris Awareness Week’

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File photo of Salimata Knight, a survivor from female genital mutilation. (Photo by Graeme Robertson/Getty Images)

File photo of Salimata Knight, a survivor from female genital mutilation. (Photo by Graeme Robertson/Getty Images)

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LAS VEGAS (CBS Las Vegas) – A group formed to protest and combat female genital mutilation declared the time between May 6 and May 12 of this year to be the first-ever International Clitoris Awareness Week.

The organization, Clitoraid, released a statement Friday about the awareness campaign.

“Our first six years of humanitarian work have been dedicated to surgically repairing clitorises for female genital mutilation … victims, and on October 8 we’ll open the world’s first Clitoral Restoration Hospital,” Clitoraid spokesperson Nadine Gary said. “This year, we’ll celebrate the sexual pleasure of all women, since all can benefit from more sexual appreciation.”

According to the release, Clitoraid is encouraging other women to host events – however formal or informal – that further the organization’s objectives and garner more attention for their initiative – and the larger problem it attempts to address.

“[The clitoris has] been ignored, vilified, made taboo, and considered sinful and shameful for centuries because of patriarchal religious values,” Gary said. “It’s time to give this beautiful organ the attention it deserves. It’s the only human organ with an exclusive sexual pleasure function!”

According to their official website, Clitoraid endeavors to “celebrat[e] sexual freedom and pleasure for all women in the world.” Since its inception in 2006, the organization has aimed to train doctors in clitoral repair surgery techniques.

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