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Let's talk about vaginas...Female Genital Mutilation, the failure of international obligations and how to end an abusive cultural tradition

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posted on 01.05.2014, 00:00 authored by Felicity Gerry QCFelicity Gerry QC
Female Genital Mutilation (‘FGM’) is not related to any specific colour or religion, but to a patriarchal system. This article explores its history and culture, and explains that tackling the practice of FGM has been affected by estimated data and the failure to implement decades of international obligations. The threat or use of criminal prosecution, together with non-legal community engagement, works more swiftly to protect women and girls from FGM. Combined with modern media, such an approach gives women in every community a voice. The recognition, debate, and enforcement of these simple truths can speed the process of compliance with international obligations across the world, and can eradicate FGM

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Griffith Journal of Law and Human Dignity

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2

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1

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Women & Violence - 2014 Special Issue

Pagination

78 - 108

Publisher

Griffith University ePress

Location

Nathan, Qld.

ISSN

2203-3114

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal; C Journal article

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2014, The Author

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