Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting – A Literature Review

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This report represents the result of two different strands of work by the Women’s Health Council. At the beginning of 2006, due to the recent signifi cant inward migration experienced in Ireland, the Council’s board identifi ed the promotion of the health of ethnic minority women as a key area of work in its strategic plan for the period 2007-2009. At the same time, it was also decided that the problem of gender-based violence would also be addressed through a number of research and policy initiatives. This report focuses on a health issue
that marries these two concerns, Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C – see below for definition) and serves as an accompanying document to the recently published Violence Against Women and Health (2007) and the forthcoming study on Ethnic Minority Women and Gender-Based Violence.

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