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The struggle for abandonment of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) in Egypt.

Glob Health Promot. 2009 Mar;16(1):57-60. doi: 10.1177/1757975908100752.

The struggle for abandonment of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) in Egypt.

Molleman G, Franse L.

Centre for Knowledge and Quality Management, Netherlands Institute for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (NIGZ), Woerden, The Netherlands.


This commentary describes a visit to the Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting project in Cairo. FGM/C is a very serious problem in Egypt and other countries in the North of Africa. Among girls between the age of 15-17, 77% have been cut, with very serious health consequences. In Egypt, there is a comprehensive strategy led by very enthusiastic employees of the National Council for Childhood and Motherhood with support of UNICEF. At a national level a broad coalition is being built that tries to mobilise the legal, medical and media communities to overcome the practice of FGM/C and realising adequate laws that criminalise FGM/C.At a local level two community projects were started in 160 villages in Upper and Lower Egypt for raising community awareness and dialogue on FGM/C. That is the only way to create a growing social movement that can collectively abandon the practice of FGM/C.

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[Sexual mutilations through ages]

Rev Med Brux. 2012 Nov-Dec;33(6):556-61.

[Sexual mutilations through ages]. [Article in French]

Androutsos G, Karamanou M, Tsigris C, Liakakos T, Stamboulis E, Lykouras E.

Service d’Histoire de la Médecine, Hôpital Laiko.


Among the ethnic mutilations (volunteer mutilations performed for religious, aesthetic, moral or hygienic purposes), genital mutilation (circumcision, castration, total emasculation, infibulation, excision, etc.) have always fascinated the human mind and are the subject of our historical overview.

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