Harmful traditional practices and women's health: Female genital mutilation

Sarah Windle, Chuks Kamanu, Ebere Anyanwu, John E. Ehiri

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Learning Objectives: After reading this chapter and answering the discussion questions that follow, you should be able to Identify and discuss the origin, types, and prevalence of female genital mutilation (FGM). Critically appraise factors that help to perpetuate the practice of FGM globally. Review the immediate and long-term consequences of FGM and discuss the various approaches for caring for victims. Analyze opportunities for prevention activities targeted at local practitioners of FGM, parents, at-risk adolescents, health and social workers, governments, religious authorities, the civil society, and the community.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMaternal and Child Health
Subtitle of host publicationGlobal Challenges, Programs, and Policies
PublisherSpringer US
Number of pages23
ISBN (Print)9780387892443
StatePublished - Dec 1 2009


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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Windle, S., Kamanu, C., Anyanwu, E., & Ehiri, J. E. (2009). Harmful traditional practices and women's health: Female genital mutilation. In Maternal and Child Health: Global Challenges, Programs, and Policies (pp. 167-189). Springer US. https://doi.org/10.1007/b106524_10