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Thursday 25 February 2016
Culture Feminism World

fgm: a tradition that desperately needs to go

Jay Ong
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It is unfortunate that archaic traditions still proliferate in many parts of the world despite how much more socially progressive and politically conscious its inhabitants have become. Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is a procedure often performed to ‘prepare’ girls for adulthood and marriage. You may ask: what exactly are the health benefits of such a…
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Thursday 16 July 2015
Health Life Opinion

nobody puts baby in the corner: bodily autonomy and infants

Eleanor Danenberg
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The power that parents have over their children is not always wielded in a benevolent manner; how many of us have looked through old family photos to find that, when we were too young to know better or even protest, we were dressed in the most embarrassing outfits by our parents? For instance, a glimpse…
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Saturday 2 May 2015
Featured Get Involved Life World

female genital mutilation: it’s closer to home than you think

Natalie Rose Corrigan
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It is a murky practice that is rarely discussed within its own culture, let alone outside it. Khadija Gbla is a nationally recognised spokesperson and survivor of Female Genital Mutilation. ‘I didn’t even know what Female Genital Mutilation was growing up, I never heard of it being spoken of,’ Khadija says. Khadija, aged 27, was…
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Wednesday 24 July 2013

in brief: millions at risk of female genital mutilation

Alexandra Storey
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UNICEF has reported that more than 125 million girls and women alive today have undergone female genital mutilation, and 30 million more are at risk in the next decade. Female genital mutilation (FGM) refers to any procedure that intentionally changes or injures female genitalia for non-medical reasons.  It has no health benefits, and can cause…
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