By Tania Beard
Female Genital Cutting (FGC) used to be an issue that only feminists and anthropologists discussed. Over the past decade, however, the issue has been rising in the global agenda. Just this past month, a new Kurdistani film on FGC made waves in the international media, a podcast about the issue was broadcast by the Guardian, and UNICEF held a global conference dedicated to ending the practice. Even with increased publicity around the issue, many global audiences do not yet understand the complexities behind FGC, and effective approaches to change the practice. Below, Dalberg Dakar’s Tania Beard presents an overview of FGC, with a focus on the situation in Senegal.
Origins of Female Genital Cutting
Why Do Communities Practice Female Genital Cutting?
What is the Harm of Female Genital Cutting?
What is Being Done to Stop Female Genital Cutting?
When Can We Expect Female Genital Cutting to End?
Ending FGC is one important step to advance the status of women worldwide. To learn more about Dalberg’s gender-related work, click here.
Note: The map of FGC originally included in this blog post was updated on November 4, 2013.