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Female Genital Cutting: West Africa
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Female genital cutting (FGC), female genital mutilation (FGM), and female “circumcision,” or l’excision in francophone countries, is a highly contested practice that continues to be performed throughout parts of West Africa. It is a complex issue, deeply rooted in local conceptions of gender and the body. The recent transnational movement for abandoning FGC s…

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Elizabeth Rosner, “Female Genital Cutting: West Africa”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 30 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_COM_002021>
First published online: 2015

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