Female Genital Mutilation, Cutting, or Circumcision

Guest Editors: Johanne Sundby, Birgitta Essén and R. Elise B. Johansen
Special Issue: Obstetrics and Gynecology International, Vol. 2013 (2013), Hindawi Publishing Corporation,

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Female genital mutilation (FGM), female genital cutting, or female circumcision of women, the theme addressed in this special issue has many terms. The short form acronym FGM is understood by most, and it does contain the notion that we are talking about a traditional practice that is harmful. In order to understand the tradition, assist women who have undergone it, and promote action against it, it is important to have solid knowledge. This knowledge is partly medical and partly social. Thus, research based on a multitude of methods is warranted. This special issue is indeed a combination of social science and medical research on different aspects of the practice, that is also a genital health hazard for women.

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