global women intact


sia amma

executive & artistic director

as founder of global women intact and producer of the san francisco african dance and drum festival, sia amma is a comedienne, writer, dancer, and community activist who has pioneered "art as social activism" on behalf of african women and girls.  amma is one of the first innovators to utilize the mediums of performance and comedy to specifically address the brutal methods and public policies related to female genital cutting. uniquely, she utilizes "grassroots" resources to transcend harmful traditions by spearheading alternative initiation rites.  by producing the san francisco african dance and drum festival, amma experiments with "rites of passage without cutting".  she designed the festival to increases cultural understanding while also demonstrating alternatives that meet the need for cultural transfer.

in performance

graduating from the university of san francisco in drama, amma began touring the united states in 1998 with her one-woman show entitled, "in search of my clitoris".  she inspired many others to talk about female genital cutting and examine their sexual attitudes towards women’s sexuality. with great reviews, amma combines humor and celebration, which is refreshing, honest, and sexually informative.  amma’s newest presentation for mothers and daughters is entitled, "what mama said about down there".

amma’s performance and presentation background includes her tours of comedy clubs in addition to hosting the international comedy show for comedians around the world.  she has also made over 30 guest appearances on numerous national radio shows including kpfa and kqed.  sia amma has been the keynote speaker and guest lecturer in schools in west africa for five years. she has also performed clitoris celebration at ten different college campuses nationally.

activism & community leadership

honored for her work by san francisco supervisor ross mirkarimi, amma has pioneered the mission of global women intact from san francisco to the shores of numerous african countries.  in addition to her work through global women intact and the drum festival, she personally conducts training programs to end female circumcision in africa and the united states.  having survived the procedure herself, amma has developed educational materials for other agencies and a teaching curriculum for youth entitled "clitoris 101".

amma is currently working on the development of videos and training manuals to advance activisim in the field.