2014 Student Research Conference:
27th Annual Student Research Conference

Female Genital Cutting
Christina M. Isley
Dr. Anton Daughters, Faculty Mentor

This study examines the practice and rituals that use Female Genital Cutting (FGC). FGC is commonly practiced in developing nations and continents such as Africa and Asia. Previous studies estimate that approximately 2 million females have undergone one form of FGC every year (Ahmed & Abushama, 2005). International organizations such as the World Health Organization, the UN, and various national and local governments seek to eradicate this practice. The choice to eradicate FGC stems from the negative health effects associated with this medically unnecessary procedure and whether these women and children have a choice. This study examines the cultural barriers that create a misunderstanding of what is considered to be inhumane, and what should be considered a human rights violation in regards to FGC. This study also looks into understanding the cultural varieties of FGC and the background of this practice.

Keywords: Sociology, Anthropology, Human Rights, Womens Rights, Female Genital Cutting


Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 104-4
Location: MG 2090
Time: 8:45

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