[Debate] Female genital mutilation becomes less common in Egypt
Riaz K Tayob
riaz.tayob at gmail.com
Fri Aug 19 07:04:51 BST 2011
I remember working with Sudanese surgeons on this issue with the World
Health Organisation. This necessary task was needlessly made much harder
because WHO insisted on getting Westerners in the "frontlines" to fight
this practice. Speaking to the non-Western staff they said the presence
of Westerners made the task more difficult because some of the tribes
people would say "the baby killers" (pro-abortion) are here to give us
and also stereotypes that this was in some quarters a demand from males
in communities when some research indicated it was in many instances
intergenerationally transmitted through females who had the procedure...
and of course this was the "barbarian" muslims doing this while other
religious orders doing this same thing were not focused on... nothing
like a nice dose of prejudice to serve up a nice cause de celebre...
On 2011/08/18 08:39 PM, Yoshie Furuhashi wrote:
> Female genital mutilation becomes less common in Egypt
> 17:22 18 August 2011 by Wendy Zukerman
> After a decade of failed attempts to stop female genital mutilation
> (FGM) – or female circumcision – in Egypt, the practice is finally
> becoming less common.
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