Reproductive Health Team at the International Rescue Committee (IRC), January 2018
Virginity is a sensitive subject. The concept itself has a complicated history and, while it describes sexual activity for all genders, there is greater value placed on female virginity. For women and girls, virginity is too often tied to moral character, purity, honour, and social, moral and religious values. Based on years of discussions with service providers from health and protection sectors, the publication aims to break down some of the persistent myths concerning female virginity and establish provider responsibilities around virginity testing. The information provided is based on existing literature and international recommendations.