Female genital cutting (FGC) and the ethics of care: community engagement and cultural sensitivity at the interface of migration experiences

by Bilkis Vissandjée, Shereen Denetto, Paula Migliardi et al.
BMC International Health and Human Rights 2014, 14:13 (24 April 2014)

18 pp. 158 kB:
http://www.biomedcentral.com/content/pdf/1472-698X-14-13.pdf

Female Genital Cutting (FGC) anchored in a complex socio-cultural context becomes significant at the interface of access of health and social services in host countries. The practice of FGC at times, understood as a form of gender-based violence, may result in unjustifiable consequences among girls and women; yet, these practices are culturally engrained traditions with complex meanings calling for ethically and culturally sensitive health and social service provision. Intents and meanings of FGC practice need to be well understood before any policies that criminalize and condemn are derived and implemented.

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