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Widely seen as the mother of the global movement to end female genital mutilation (FGM), Efua Dorkenoo has been campaigning against the practice since the 1980s and was instrumental in getting the British government to change its policy towards it. Dorkenoo passed away a week after participating in the launch of The Girl Generation – a major Africa-led campaign to tackle FGM across the globe.
“She was a giant on whose shoulders we stand, she prepared the way for us, and even though she did not see the end of FGM in her generation, it will end – and that is thanks to her,” says Nimko Ali, an FGM survivor and Co-founder of Daughters of Eve, a UK-based NGO working to end the practice.
Read more via The Guardian.
"Indomitable" Jaguars May Have Lessons in Survival for Us
Jaguar corridors in Central and South America are helping “the sumo wrestler of the animal kingdom” survive.
by Simon Worrall
Alan Rabinowitz, author of Jaguar: An Indomitable Beast, has devoted his life to studying and protecting jaguars. He established the world’s first jaguar sanctuary, the Cockscomb Basin Preserve, in Belize. And he was the moving force behind identifying and securing jaguar corridors throughout Central and South America.
Speaking from his home in New York, he talks about how a childhood speech impediment made him bond with jaguars, how a fur coat worn by Jackie Kennedy triggered a catastrophic decline in jaguar populations, and how looking to jaguars could help us deal with problems we face, like climate change…
(read more: National Geographic)
photograph: Esteban Payan, Panthera