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Female Genital Mutilation

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Anika RahmanCenter for Reproductive Law and Policy, New York, USA, Nahid Toubia

ISBN13: 9781856497725
ISBN: 1856497720
Published: January 2000
Publisher: Zed Books
Format: Hardback
Price: £50.00



A report on the prevalence of female circumcision and female genital mutilation (FC/FGM). In seeking to help eliminate the practice, the work places it firmly in a human rights and legal framework. The authors: describe FC/FGM, its history, its consequences for health and the reasons used to justify it; examine the history of the movement working to combat it; and present data from 40 case studies, North and South, covering prevalence, legal measures and other state steps towards eradication, campaigns and prosecutions.;The book shows that, in spite of an extensive and growing African movement to combat FC/FGM, its prevalence is still very high indeed. It is primarily the countries of the North which have the most developed and explicit laws against the practice of FC/FGM, but directed only at their immigrant populations - a fact which throws up one of the classic dilemmas of human rights work. The authors suggest a solution through the implementation of human rights treaties, and make recommendations for action by governments, the international community, and non-governmental institutions.

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Contents:
Introduction: what is FC/FGM; how widespread is FC/FGM? what are the health consequences of FC/FGM? historical account of attempts to bring attention or stop FC/FGM. International Human Rights law - a framework for social justice: background; sources of International Human Rights law; major International Human Rights violated by FC/FGM; other International Human Rights raised by FC/FGM. Duties of governments under Human Rights law: duties of governments; measuring compliance. Recommendations for governments: legal measures; regulatory measures; policies. Legal and policy strategies for NGOs: national level; regional level; international level. Reference: national-level and policy review. Tables: prevalence rates of FC/FGM and official action taken; country profiles - Australia, Belgium, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Canada, Central African Republic, Chad, Cote d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Denmark, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, France, The Gambia, Germany, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Italy, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Sweden, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, United Kingdom, United States of America.