The Economist recently published The Unkindest Cut, a look a global efforts to curb FGM/C, which advocates for distinguishing between very harmful and less harmful types of the practice.
The Population Council strongly disagrees with this approach. Attempts to medicalize FGM/C do not make the practice any more acceptable. In April, Ian Askew, Ted Chaiban, Benoit Kalasa, and Purna Sen argued against the medicalization of this practice in the Journal of Medical Ethics, a position that the Population Council supports. While a tremendous amount of work has been done to reduce FGM/C globally, more must be done if we are to end this violation of women and girls’ health and human rights.
Learn more about the Population Council’s work to end FGM here.