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Eliminating Female Genital Mutilation—A Public Health and Cultural Perspective

A public service announcement in Gambia.

Culture is one of the most sensitive aspects of people’s lives, particularly as it relates to sexual and reproductive behavior, attitudes, and norms. Therefore, when we talk about female circumcision (I still cannot call it mutilation), we should always look at this cultural practice as one of many good and bad things that happen to women universally, and not only to African women but women worldwide.

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A Moratorium on Mutilation: Community Organizations Find Their Own Path To Ending a Dangerous Practice

While the UN is still celebrating International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation, Tostan, a global rights and health organization, and others are enjoying “International Female Genital Cutting Abandonment Day.” The difference in phrasing is subtle, but the significance is huge.

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Urgent Effort Underway to Prevent Imminent Circumcision of More Than 150 Girls in Uganda

Advocates are working strenuously to stop or limit the mass mutilation of up to 200 girls now underway in Uganda.

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