The campaign against Female Genital Cutting: empowering women or reinforcing global inequity?

  title={The campaign against Female Genital Cutting: empowering women or reinforcing global inequity?},
  author={S. Latham},
  journal={Ethics and Social Welfare},
  pages={108 - 121}
  • S. Latham
  • Published 2016
  • Sociology
  • Ethics and Social Welfare
ABSTRACT This paper explores the issue of Female Genital Cutting (FGC), starting with the story of how the practice changed and was permanently abandoned in a single generation in a rural Iranian town in the 1950s. Two striking features of this example—its direction by religious men, and the shift to less severe forms of FGC before total abandonment—challenge contemporary orthodoxy on ending FGC. Further, the minimal impact that this FGC abandonment had on the lives of girls and women raises… Expand
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