Referring to FGM as 'cutting' or 'FGC' - as the 'abandonment' model does - contradicts the seriousness of this form of sexual terrorism. It also insults survivors, who know that FGM has very little to do with ignorance and everything to do with controlling the sexual organs of women and girls. Governments should only use the term 'FGM' as they otherwise risk sending out a very damaging message, which links it with culture and which suggests that it should not be dealt with in the same way as other forms of extreme violence. [read more...]
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