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New Zealand should intensify efforts to eliminate female genital mutilation by 2030 : the views of women from communities that practice FGM/C Ayan Said, Cath Conn and Shoba Nayar

By: Said, Ayan.
Contributor(s): Conn, Cath | Nayar, Shoba.
Material type: materialTypeLabelArticleSeries: Pacific Health.Publisher: Auckland University of Technology, 2018Subject(s): CHILD ABUSE | COMMUNITY ACTION | Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCROC) | FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION (FGM) | HEALTH SERVICES | HUMAN RIGHTS | MIGRANTS | REFUGEES | VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN | NEW ZEALANDOnline resources: Click here to access online In: Pacific Health, 2018, 1(1)Summary: In 2016 UNICEF reported on the continuing scale and persistence of female genital mutilation globally, currently known as female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C), and the need to intensify efforts to eliminate the practice. New Zealand has made provision for communities in preventing FGM/C through legal and educational means. Yet, the challenge continues. The purpose of this paper, drawing on the voices of women from FGM/C practicing communities in New Zealand, is to consider areas where the health system can partner with affected communities to better help in preventing FGM/C. New Zealand needs to intensify efforts locally working hand-in-hand with refugee and migrant communities to promote open dialogue, counter stigma, and prevent the next generation for a life without FGM(C). In addition, training for key workers in culturally sensitive approaches is needed so that they can take better care of those who are living with FGM/C. New Zealand is a signatory to a number of international instruments and conventions that call for an end to FGM/C: such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and The Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), and more recently the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As such, it has a responsibility to at least address the issue locally; and preferably provide an example of excellence globally so that FGM/C is eliminated rapidly. (Authors' abstract). Record #6067
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Pacific Health, 2018, 1(1)

In 2016 UNICEF reported on the continuing scale and persistence of female genital mutilation globally, currently known as female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C), and the need to intensify efforts to eliminate the practice. New Zealand has made provision for communities in preventing FGM/C through legal and educational means. Yet, the challenge continues.

The purpose of this paper, drawing on the voices of women from FGM/C practicing communities in New Zealand, is to consider areas where the health system can partner with affected communities to better help in preventing FGM/C. New Zealand needs to intensify efforts locally working hand-in-hand with refugee and migrant communities to promote open dialogue, counter stigma, and prevent the next generation for a life without FGM(C). In addition, training for key workers in culturally sensitive approaches is needed so that they can take better care of those who are living with FGM/C. New Zealand is a signatory to a number of international instruments and conventions that call for an end to FGM/C: such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and The Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), and more recently the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As such, it has a responsibility to at least address the issue locally; and preferably provide an example of excellence globally so that FGM/C is eliminated rapidly. (Authors' abstract). Record #6067