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This Innocenti Digest examines the social dynamics of girl genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C). In groups the place it truly is practiced, FGM/C is a crucial a part of women and womens cultural gender id. The strategy imparts a feeling of delight, of coming of age and a sense of neighborhood club. in addition, now not conforming to the perform stigmatizes and isolates women and their households, leading to the lack of their social prestige. The social expectancies surrounding FGM/C symbolize a tremendous predicament to households who may well differently desire to abandon the perform. This Innocenti Digest is a contribution to a starting to be circulate to finish the perform around the globe.
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Additional resources for Changing a Harmful Social Convention: Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting
Rahman, Anika and Nahid Toubia (2000) Female Genital Mutilation: A guide to laws and policies worldwide, Zed Books, London. Innocenti Digest 9 10 11 12 13 Comoros, Djibouti, Lesotho, Libya, Mauritius, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda Senegal, and South Africa. Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Resolution 1247 (2001), Female genital mutilation, para. 11. Under this Resolution, the Parliamentary Assembly urges governments, inter alia: “i. to introduce specific legislation prohibiting genital mutilation and declaring genital mutilation to be a violation of human rights and bodily integrity; ii.
Struggle of an Egyptian village to eradicate female circumcision, Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies, Cairo. 7 The evaluation shows a lower percentage of FGM/C among the daughters of men who had migrated abroad than among daughters of men who had not migrated. In-depth interviews indicated that male migration abroad had an important influence on the status of women within the village of Deir el Barsha, giving them more responsibility and opportunity for decision making beyond traditional domains.
It also increases the capacity of the group to tackle more challenging issues and prepares the ground for community members to take the decision to abandon FGM/C. In turn, communities share this information and experience with other intramarrying groups. Motivated communities host inter-village meetings to reach consensus on abandoning this practice that affects their common future. 1 Extensive media coverage of these public declarations helps to introduce the alternative of abandonment to communities that continue the practice.