Thursday, October 24, 2013

SPECIAL FEATURE: Female Genital Mutilation: The Scar of a Lifetime

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that about 140 million girls and women worldwide live with the health consequences of female genital cutting/mutilation —101 million of these women live in Africa, mainly in the sub-Saharan areas.1,2 

In support of this growing concern, the SIU has collaborated with the African Journal of Urology to share with you the editorial paper by SIU member, Dr. Ismail Khalaf, entitled, “Female Genital cutting/mutilation in Africa deserves special concern: An overview. 
The September 2013 issue of the journal features articles focusing on the theme of female genital cutting/mutilation (FGM) and aims to address such FGM-related topics as epidemiology, public misconceptions, challenges ahead and religious perspectives of FGM, health implications, to name a few. 

To read similar articles like this one, visit the African Journal of Urology website at: 
African Journal of Urology website. 

“This issue is an appeal to all who are connected with the problem, including health service providers. No longer should women's rights continue to be ignored, or FGM continue to be tolerated as part of communities’ rituals الطقوس and cultures, nor camouflaged as religious doctrine مذهب.” 3 

1 WHO . Female genital mutilation, fact sheet. 2013;updated February 2013 
2 WHO . Fact sheet no. 241. 2012 February; 
3 Ismail Khalaf. Female genital cutting/mutilation in Africa deserves special concern: An overview. African Journal of Urology. September 2013:19(3):119-122. 

* Permission to post this publication on the SIU Academy portal has been received from Elsevier. 



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