Men and our duty to speak up against FGM

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Growing up in my community, I learnt to catcall women. Sometimes, adult men would send me to tell off women who ignored their advances or refused to obey their instructions. I remember thinking how strange it was to learn that at such an age. However, transitioning from primary to junior school I learnt more about masculinity and expectations on young adolescents

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FGM is about gender – it’s also a “men’s issue”

Female genital mutilation affects girls’ and women’s health and well-being. Unlike other types of gender-based violence, which are most often perpetuated by men, FGM is often performed by women in the family and/or community. Therefore, in the first programmes addressing FGM men were often sidelined.

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FGM and social norms

On February 6th 2021, International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, AIDOS launched the animated video “Dynamics of a social norm: Female Genital Mutilation”. It is part of a series of videos aiming to understand why communities continue to perpetrate FGM, under what circumstances this practice continues to exist.

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Strengths and good practices of anti-FGM laws
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Strengths and good practices of anti-FGM laws

The very existence of the law produces effects that go beyond the mere application of sanctions and the prosecution of those practising FGM. It serves as a deterrent and therefore protects girls at risk of undergoing FGM both from the practice itself and - in some cases - from the stigma associated with not being excised.

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FGM: A deeply embedded social norm
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FGM: A deeply embedded social norm

Maryam Sheikh shared her personal experience to highlight the dilemma faced by parents who want to both protect their daughters from FGC and to ensure their belonging and integration into the community. In addition, the girls themselves may ask to undergo FGM in order to be like other girls in their community.

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