This book provides a thorough history and interpretation of circumcision, covering everything from its pre-biblical roots to the scientific debate. It gives voice to all sides: those tending to view the uncircumcised as "lacking culture, manners, intelligence, and, in a word, civilization," to those who defend circumcision "only for their own societal group and justify it culturally but not medically," etc.
This booklet highlights the important role of health professionals in Australia in preventing FGM. It also shows Australia’s strategy to prevent the practice of FGM in two parts: through a national education program on FGM, which focuses on health promotion within a community development context, and through legislation against the practice.
This book highlights the prevalence of Female Genital Mutilation in Burkina Faso, Senegal, Mali, Eritrea, Yemen, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and Central African Republic. It gives an understanding of why the practice continues and attitudes regarding FGM.
This article is on the prominence of FGM in sub-Saharan Africa. It also focuses on the practice within Muslim majority contexts and the so-called Muslim justifications for the practice. The review looks at countries such as Oman, South Yemen, Libya, Southern Algeria, and Lebanon.
This is material from a Regional Workshop on FGM, which focuses on challenges and opportunities for legal interventions in Africa. It looks at the current policies and laws against FGM, as well as international human rights treaties and protocol.
This blog post discusses the nature of veiling within a patriarchal context of control over female bodies. The issue of obligatory veiling as policy in some states, as well as the desire for women to have the freedom to choose their outfit without the menace of legal dress being a hindrance, is discussed here.
This is a resource for those concerned with health, development, social change and women’s human rights. It gives health professionals, teachers and social workers positive and practical ways to abolish FGM.
This publication deals with the migration of women to countries where FGM is uncommon. It also documents the difficulties for health care providers in these countries, as they lack experience dealing with FGM related cases, particularly during child birth. The survey focused largely on Somali women in Ontario to explore their perspectives of perinatal care and their earlier genital mutilation experience.