After our conversation on Tuesday night it seemed that a number of us were interested in learning more about Female Circumcision
During my year in Germany, a friend of mine and I researched and presented to our Women's Rights class some basic information on FGM. Though I certainly can't claim to be an expert on the subject, I thought I would share some of the more valuable sources we found for those of you who are interested in learning more.
First, this map shows the areas in Africa where FGM is practiced, and how widely it is practiced in those areas. My understanding is that, while FGM is most widely practiced in Africa, there are areas in Asia and the Middle East where FGM is a prominent practice.
This article, from Africa: The Journal of the International African Institute contains a number of journal entries from a researcher working in Northern Sudan. Though her original research related to the disability of women infected with Schitstosoma Mansoni, she witnessed a number of circumcision ceremonies during her field work, and I think her first person accounts, and her later reflections on those ceremonies can offer us some insights.
Also, the World Health Organization has a lot of good information on the health risks related to FGM that we were discussing in class. I found the 'classification' of the different types of FGM to be particularly helpful in understanding what exactly happens to these girls.