This book is relevant for those who care for women and girls who have had, or are at risk of having, female genital mutilation. It focuses on caring for both the physical and psychological needs of the vulnerable or suffering and maintains an understanding, holistic and objective approach to the current situation. It contains colour plates, illustrations, photos and graphs.
This survey assesses the knowledge, attitudes and practices with regards to female genital mutilation (FGM) among gynaecologists in Flanders, Belgium. The survey revealed gaps in the knowledge of FGM and the provision of care by Flemish gynaecologists to women who had been mutilated.
The journal deals with strengthening evidence-based strategies for interventions to address harmful traditional practices in Africa. It highlights the need for effective engagements, making reference to specific country context – i.e. Nigeria – and the prevalence. Overall it focuses on evidentiary basis for action against FGM.
This study showcases the effects of FGM among Somalis both in Kenya and in Somalia, and how practices such as infibulations impact women’s health. Furthermore, the authors discuss health facilities’ ill equipment to support women suffering from complications of FGM.
Interest curtailing the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) has increased in the past 20 years. Although the political and legal environment towards the practice is more hostile, this awareness has yet to translate itself to measurable changes in prevalence. At the local level activities are shifting from a clinical, health risk, model to an understanding of the phenomenon in its social context. Under patriarchal structures of social control of sexuality and fertility, women and girls are the primary social group to suffer from as well as to perpetuate the practice of FGM.
This book shows that female genital mutilation is a deeply rooted cultural tradition observed primarily in Africa and among certain communities in the Middle East and Asia. It also looks at its considerable health consequences and the increasing health care needs compared to available healthcare settings and few healthcare professionals to treat their specific needs.