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Genital Cutting: Europe, North America, Australia, and New Zealand
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The United Nations estimates that approximately 132 million girls and women have been subjected to some form of female genital cutting (FGC). About two million girls are at risk annually, many of them too young to have any say about the procedure that is inflicted upon them (Toubia 1998, 10). The large majority of these girls reside in the 28 African countries where FGC is prevalent, but with the emergence of a significant African diaspora globally, the incidence in the West o…

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Kassamali, Noor, “Genital Cutting: Europe, North America, Australia, and New Zealand”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 04 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0169b>
First published online: 2009

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