Female genital mutilation

E Leye, Marleen Temmerman

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Female genital mutilation is a collective name for all traditional practices concerning the cutting of the female genitals. Approximately 130 million are genitally cut worldwide, more than 100 million live in Africa. Annually, 2 million girls are at risk of being circumcised. FGM is deeply rooted in culture, tradition, religion and the identity. Hence, the struggle against FGM must be a combined effort of law enforcement, targeted information- and sensibilization campaigns, education and training activities for various target groups that aim at establishing behavioural changes.

Original languageDutch
Pages (from-to)161-176
Number of pages16
JournalVerhandelingen - Koninklijke Academie voor Geneeskunde van België
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2001

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