A Study of Female Genital MutilationPosted on Oct 8, 2013 in Somaliland
If you are interested in reading about the issue of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) from every angle, then you’ll definitely want to look at the Africa Journal of Urology. This entire issue is dedicated to FGM.
“In line with the objectives of the Pan African Urological Surgeons’ Association (PAUSA) to give special concern to health problems in Africa, the editorial board of the African Journal of Urology (AFJU) has decided to publish this special issue on female genital cutting/mutilation (FGM). Addressed to African health care providers, this issue emphasizes the myths behind the continuation of this tradition, types of FGM, their tragic effects on women’s health, and the measures that are being taken to eradicate the practice.
“In this issue, subject experts address a range of FGM-related topics that include epidemiology, public misconceptions, challenges ahead and religious perspectives of FGM of Islam, Christianity, and Judaism. The health implications of FGM, including reproductive issues, psychological repercussions and sexual complications are also addressed, as are the socio-cultural factors contributing to the continuation of this practice and the efforts to oppose it.
“According to the World Health Organization (WHO), about 140 million girls and women worldwide live with the health consequences of FGM, including 101 million living in Africa, mainly in the sub-Saharan areas.”
Here are direct links to each of the articles:
- Female genital cutting/mutilation in Africa deserves special concern: An overview
- The Islamic view on female circumcision
- The Jewish and Christian view on female genital mutilation
- Female genital mutilation: A tragedy for women’s reproductive health
- Female genital mutilation: Tradition versus human rights
- The continuing challenge of female genital mutilation in Sudan
- Psychosocial and sexual aspects of female circumcision
- Debunking myths about female circumcision
- Medicalization of female genital mutilation/cutting
- International efforts on abandoning female genital mutilation