“The World Health Organization will be well-represented there and they need to hear this.”
The Genital Autonomy Legal Defense and Education Fund (GALDEF) is thrilled to announce our latest campaign to raise $7500 by October 31 to send two dedicated researchers to WAS2023, the World Association for Sexual Health conference in Antalya, Turkey (02-05 Nov). This is a unique opportunity for researchers Tim Hammond and one of his five co-authors, Dr. Mohamed Fahmy, to present findings from their groundbreaking survey conducted among nearly 1,800 foreskin restorers across 60 nations. Their abstract has already been accepted.
Findings were published earlier in 2023 in the International Journal of Impotence Research under the title Foreskin Restorers: Insights into Motivations, Successes, Challenges and Experiences with Medical and Mental Health Professionals. Ethicist Brian Earp has hailed this investigation into the long-term harm of newborn and childhood circumcision as being a “landmark.”
Tim presented the survey’s preliminary findings at WAS2021. Watch his WAS2021 presentation (https://circumcisionharm.org/images-circharm.org/2021%20WAS%20Poster-Foreskin%20Restorers.mp4) and post-conference interview (https://circumcisionharm.org/images-circharm.org/2021%20WAS%20Post-Congress%20Interview.mp4).
The six-member survey team worked tirelessly to analyze the data that was collected. Findings reveal the physical, sexual, emotional, and psychological aspects of foreskin restoration, highlighting the importance of understanding and addressing the needs of circumcision sufferers.
GALDEF is pleased to assist Tim in presenting these findings to raise awareness, influence policies, and foster dialogue among experts, clinicians, and policymakers, all crucial aspects of advocating for change in the field of human sexuality and making an impact on a global scale.
Dr. Elna Rudolph, WAS president and children’s genital autonomy supporter, urged Tim to present his survey results at WAS2023, emphasizing the importance of reaching influential organizations by stating “The World Health Organization will be well-represented there and they need to hear this.”
WAS2023 is an opportunity to amplify the voices of circumcision sufferers and foreskin restorers worldwide, to illuminate their experiences and to advocate for change. Tim intends to call to accountability those organizations responsible for the promotion of non-therapeutic penile cutting of children, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, Centers for Disease Control, and the World Health Organization.
Achieving this goal is only possible with your generous support to help fund the travel expenses, conference fees, and accommodations for these passionate researchers, enabling them to elevate the noble cause of genital autonomy by sharing these vital findings with the world. When you support this campaign, you become an essential part of GALDEF’s mission to advocate for the rights and well-being of those affected by circumcision.
Every tax-deductible contribution makes a significant impact in empowering the voices of circumcision sufferers and foreskin restorers. All donors will receive a free subscription to GALDEF’s email newsletter updates. Donors of $25 or more will receive a copy of the Abridged Summary and Unabridged Supplement of the published article.
Together, let's make a lasting impact in the field of human sexuality and promote understanding, compassion, and change for all those affected!