Eradicating Female Genital Mutilation Chapter 8: Prevention: Communities

Female genital mutilation is a complex business. It involves deeply entrenched beliefs, real and resolute social and economic forces, human agency of a particularly intimate nature, brutality and secrecy. It is also held by large numbers of those involved, and perhaps also by the recipient of the action, to be in the best interests of the person who experiences it.

These are not easy issues to unpick, and the path towards understanding and arresting the practice is further complicated by the gulf between the traditions and beliefs which engender and enable, even ennoble, FGM, and those which proclaim it without exception to be abhorrent abuse.

TOPICS CONSIDERED in Chapter 8 of the book Eradicating Female Genital Mutilation:

Collectivism and individuality varies in diaspora communities     Discuss

Opportunities for dialogue     Discuss

Finding a way forward     Discuss

Evaluating risks and strategies     Discuss

Voluntary agencies and community activism in Britain

community activism     Discuss

voluntary and non-governmental organisations     Discuss

FGM voluntary and NGO typologies     Discuss

acknowledging long-time campaigners     Discuss

including men     Discuss

* Any other issues concerning prevention (communities)?     Discuss