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Weston’s review of the law1 in relation to understanding the legal nuances in female genital mutilation (FGM) is important in the fight to end the practice. Yet in order to effect real change an understanding of practising populations’ attitudes and beliefs is needed. There have been a few studies in the UK asking professionals about their knowledge but little about the communities themselves.
The commonly used questions from Unicef and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) household surveys, which have been undertaken in 29 African and Middle Eastern countries from 2005 and 1995, respectively,2 3 are ideal to elicit attitudes of practising communities. Permission was granted from both agencies for use of their questions administered to women …
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