What is female genital mutilation and what is it doing in education?


Farah, Fatuma 2016. What is female genital mutilation and what is it doing in education? Research in Teacher Education. 6 (2), pp. 34-37.
AuthorsFarah, Fatuma

This article aims to provide some background knowledge on the procedure that is known as female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C), and sometimes referred to as female circumcision. This practice has been illegal in the UK since 1985 and is now deemed a form of child abuse. Nevertheless, there exist opposing standpoints within some FGM-affected communities where the practice is a social norm and is deeply rooted in their culture. This opposition creates a gap and the need for a research that listens to FGM-affected communities’ opinions and the motivations that lie behind the continuation of this practice. I am from an FGM-affected community and I am conducting research that examines perspectives on FGM among affected communities in the UK. My purpose in writing this article is, first and foremost, to explain what FGM is and then focus on the impact that education can have on the eradication of FGM. Instead of asking what is FGM doing in a periodical for research in teacher education, maybe I should ask what is education doing about FGM?

JournalResearch in Teacher Education
Research in Teacher Education
Journal citation6 (2), pp. 34-37
PublisherCass School of Education and Communities, University of East London
Publisher's version
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.15123/PUB.5645
Web address (URL)https://www.uel.ac.uk/Schools/Cass/Research/Research-in-Teacher-Education/Volume-6-No-2-November-2016
Publication dates
PrintNov 2016
Publication process dates
Deposited07 Feb 2017
Copyright information© 2016 The author
LicenseCC BY 3.0
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