A new feature on NPR’s Goats & Soda health and development blog explores the current state of the fight to end female genital mutilation (FGM/C) and cutting across the globe.
Speaking with experts and advocates from across the globe, NPR’s Diane Cole details the progress made towards ending FGM/C – a harmful practice that involves cutting, removing, and sometimes sewing up external female genitalia for non-medical reasons – and the critical gaps that remain. Michelle Hindin, Director of the Population Council’s Reproductive Health program, shared her insights on what the findings from the Council-led Evidence to End FGM/C Project reveal.
The take-away for the future? Michelle Hindin, the Population Council's Program Director for Reproductive Health, is encouraged by the decline in prevalence rates, she wrote in an email. But more research is needed, and as effective as bans can be, they can also have unintended consequences of driving the practice underground.