Worldwide Day of Genital Autonomy

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The Worldwide Day of Genital Autonomy (WWDOGA) is a campaign day for the genital autonomy of children which has been initiated by the German "Facharbeitskreis Beschneidungsbetroffener im MOGiS e.V.". Since 2013, it is celebrated on each 7th of May. This date has been chosen because on May 7th, 2012, the District Court of Cologne (Germany) has judged for the first time in Germany, that the circumcision of male children is an assault.

The aim of the WWDOGA is to propagate the right of bodily integrity and sexual self-determination for all children all over the world.

In 2019, the central German event for WWDOGA in Cologne did not take place for the first time on 7 May itself, but on the following Saturday, 11 May. The organizers were able to meet the wishes of many people who had little opportunity to take part in demonstrations during the week. The participation was correspondingly higher.

In 2020, the German WWDOGA event in Cologne, which was to take place again on the Saturday following WWDOGA, was canceled due to the corona crisis.[1] For this reason, MOGiS e.V. has posted video messages of the intended speakers online on its YouTube channel.[2]

Accompanying Events

2020

  • Due to the Corona crisis, only online events and publications have been done.[2][3]

2019

  • Germany
    • Kick-off event of the one-year awareness campaign "My body - intact and self-determined", Berlin.[4]
  • Israel
    • Israeli intact activists demonstrate against children against MGM.
  • Kenya
    • First demo of Kenyan Intactivists at the Okalo Market in Matunga, Kakamega County.
  • Norway
    • Event "Bodily integrity and genital autonomy" in Turku, organized by JÅ - Intresseföreningen för jämställdhet vid ÅA.
  • USA

2018

  • Germany
  • Israel
    • Israelic intactivists celebrated a "Conciousness Day Circumcision" for the first time on this day.
  • USA

2017

  • Germany
    • The WWDOGA in Germany was introduced by a press conference in Berlin on May 4th, and closed by a symposium Jungenbeschneidung in Deutschland - eine Bestandsaufnahme (Circumcision on boys in Germany - an inventory) at the university Düsseldorf on May 8th.
  • USA
    • Denver: Intactivists demonstrated between California and Stout Street.
    • Los Angeles: Genital Autonomy - America hosted films and discussions of the common ground surrounding non-therapeutic genital cutting of male, female, and intersex children.
    • San Diego: Intactivists demonstrated in front of the ACOG and informed the doctors about the harmful consequences of RIC.
    • San Francisco: The Bay Area Intactivists demonstrated in the streets.

2016

  • Australia
  • Germany
    • The WWDOGA in Germany was accompanied by four in film and discussion events, where the films Circumcision by Ari Libsker, Hibos Lied - Weibliche Genitalverstümmelung und die Macht der Tradition by Renate Bernhard and Sigrid Dethlof, and the animated short film Hermes und Aphrodite by Gregor Zootsky were shown in Munich, Düsseldorf, Cologne, and Berlin.[5]
  • UK
    • London: Intactivists from London demonstrated in the city with banners and info sheets.
  • USA
    • Cathedral City (California): On two days, films around the topic of circumcision were shown and discussed.
    • Charleston (WV): On the WWDOGA, the 3rd day of the Mid-Atlantic, White House & Ob-Gyn Circumcision Crisis Protests took place.
    • Denver: Intactivists demonstrated between California and Stout Street.
    • New York: Intactivists demonstrated peacefully against circmcision of children at the Union Square.[6]
    • San Francisco: The Bay Area Intactivists demonstrated in the streets.[7]

2015

In Germany, the WWDOGA was followed by a "Genital Autonomy" conference in the Haus der Jugend (Youth Hostel) in Frankfurt/Main.

2014

In Germany, a Scientific Symposium took place one day earlier in Cologne, being organized by MOGiS e.V. and pro familia NRW.

List of Speakers at the WWDOGA in Cologne

2020

The speeches on WWDOGA 2020 were not held live in Cologne because of the Corona Pandemic 2020, but were shared via video message in the YouTube channel by MOGiS e.V., with Victor Schiering from MOGiS e.V. having three messages:

# Speaker
1 Inge Bell - TERRE DES FEMMES
2 Holger Edmaier - CEO Projekt 100% MENSCH
3 Ronit Tamir - KAHAL, Israel
4 Richard Duncker - Men Do Complain & Genital Autonomy, UK
5 HennaMond e.V.
6 Jason Metters - 15 Square, UK
7 Thoralf Fricke - pro familia Lower Bavaria e.V.
8 Victor Schiering - Chairman of MOGiS e.V. - A Voice For Those Affected
9 Prince Hillary Maloba - VMMC Experience Project
10 Darya Otto - Lobby für Mädchen e.V.
11 Woorod Zuhair - FEMEN, Iran
12 Matthias Ehm - Die Linke Baden-Wuerttemberg
13 Lars Stephan - Partei der Humanisten NRW
14 Shemuel Garber - intaktiv e.V. (USA)
15 Matthias Becker - Boys* and Men*work Bavaria e.V.
16 Guy Sinden - Droit au corps, Beschneidungsforum.de
17 Dr. Christoph Kupferschmid - BVKJ
18 Matthias W. Birkwald - Die Linke
19 David Balashinsky - Jews Against Circumcision
20 Prof. Dr. Godula Kusack - CEO of TERRE DES FEMMES
21 Dr. Jens Brandenburg - LGBTI political spokesman, FDP Bundestag fraction
22 Gudrun Meyer - pro familia
23 Rana Ahmad - Secular refugee aid in Germany
24 Sven Leimkühler - jungs e.V.
25 David Smith - 15 Square
26 Mikael Aktor - Intact Denmark
27 Éric Fernanché Lévy - Brit Shalom l'Alliance sans Souffrance
28 Johan Nyman - Intakt Norden

2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

Supporting Organizations

Africa

Australia

Canada

Denmark

Finland

France

Germany

Iceland

Iran

Israel

Kenya

Netherlands

Norway

Sweden

Switzerland

Uganda

UK

USA

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