Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting: A Case in Favor of Community-Based Interventions

Nowadays, approximately 200 million girls and women undergo the practice of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) across African countries and, to a lesser extent, in Asia and the Middle East. Since the 1990s, the international community has raised awareness on the risks associated with this custom and therefore expressed interest for its eradication. Subsequently, pressure has been exerted by the international community on African governments in order to push for the criminalization of the practice, while some experts from the medical field have proposed its medicalization.

By: Giada Carola Castellini

Published on January 9, 2020


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