I am blown away by this woman. Marci Lee Bowers is a gynecologic surgeon working in California and Washington State. She transitioned from male to female at the age of 38. She describes her gender dysphoria as her birth gender conflicting with her internal sense of femaleness.
Undoing the Damage
Dr Bowers is the first North American gynecologic surgeon trained to functionally reverse female genital mutilation (FGM), a barbaric ritual still performed today in 29 countries in Africa and the Middle East. At least 130 million girls have undergone this procedure and, according to UNICEF, as many as 30 million more girls under 15 years of age are at risk.
Putting an End to Female Genital Mutilation
The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared February 6th every year as International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM. This year Dr Bowers’ announced her goal to see the end of female genital mutilation in her lifetime. Moving toward that goal requires honest communication about sex and sexual identity, she said.
People of this world are slowly awakening and becoming conscious of the many inhumane and unjust treatments inflicted upon those most vulnerable among us.
Dr Bowers has made and continues to make an enormous impact on humanity, none of which could have happened if she had succumbed to the obstacles placed in her way by an intolerant society during the time she was struggling with her gender dysphoria.
Success for one person equals victory for everyone.
I love to celebrate the people who reach out and make a huge difference in this world; those who are part of the solution. Please take the time to learn more about Dr Marci Lee Bowers and leave your thoughts on this post below. I’ve also recommended books I found on Amazon on the subject of transgender youth and women, as well as a video with references to Dr Marci Lee Bowers entitled Trans Generation. Just click on the picture and it’ll take you there.
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