Circumcised women uncritical of the ritual

posted in: News Articles | 0

Women who have been subjected to genital cutting are too rarely critical of what they have undergone. Two different strategies to prepare girls for circumcision have been observed. One gives the girls some preliminary information and the other shrouds the ritual in secrecy. The two approaches affect the girls disparately, but neither strategy offers sufficient awareness or leads to critical reflection. These approaches were analysed by researchers at the Norwegian Centre for Violence and Traumatic Stress Studies (NKVTS). Eighteen women participated. Most had Somali or Gambian backgrounds. In lengthy interviews they were asked about their experiences with the circumcision ritual. Jon-H̴kon Schultz and Inger-Lise Lien, who conducted the study, recommend that programmes aiming at preventing such genital mutilation should provide education promoting critical reflection about the tradition.