Posted on April 20, 2010 by Maryann Mohamoud
It was phenomenal! On Sunday, Mohamud and I met Governor Patrick and told him the story of Breaking the Silence and The Springfield Institute. And at the same time, we engaged the whole community. I was able to tell the Governor about our mission to stop FGM and build community infrastructure for Africans in Western Massachusetts. People have no idea what is happening. Especially public officials. And on Sunday they heard it directly from us. Lots of others shared their perspectives, and the event was a great success. The Governor recognized us both by thanking us for our “heroic work,” and agreed to connect us with the head of the state office for immigrants and refugees, as well as the First Lady’s domestic violence initiative.
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Posted on March 2, 2010 by Aron Goldman
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Our own Maryann Mohamoud will be guiding a discussion and presenting her film, The Secret Pain, at the Mwangi Cultural Centre at Smith College next Wednesday, March 10th, at 4:30PM. All are welcome. Maryann is herself an FGM survivor, and a courageous advocate for African immigrants in Western Massachusetts. Maryann works with immigrant families who have recently arrived (and continue to arrive), as well as with the medical and human services community (where there are often substantial culture and knowledge gaps). To sample her work and perspectives while at The Springfield Institute, click here.
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