Female genital mutilation trial moved to June 2018

Jumana Nagarwala  The trial date for the landmark genital mutilation case involving a former Henry Ford Health System doctor and seven other defendants has again been moved forward – this time for eight months, to allow attorneys and prosecutors more opportunity to prepare. The jury trial for Jumana Nagarwala and…

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What is Female Genital Mutilation or FGM?

/ Al Jazeera answers to the most asked questions about FGM. What does FGM stand for? FGM stands for Female Genital Mutilation, which consists of the partial or total removal of the external female genitalia. It is also known by other names including ‘cutting’, ‘female circumcision’ and ‘initiation’. Which countries…

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Communication is key to understanding female circumcision

Lack of communication hampers the prevention of female genital mutilation, according to anthropologist Rachel Issa Djesa. She has observed encounters between Norwegian authorities, health personnel and Somali women in Norway. The Somali women that Djesa describes in her PhD thesis on female genital mutilation often feel patronised by Norwegian health…

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WHO Headquarters Leadership Team

Deputy Directors-General Dr Soumya Swaminathan, Deputy Director-General for Programmes Dr. Soumya Swaminathan has been appointed Deputy Director-General for Programmes (DDP). A pediatrician from the India and a globally recognized researcher on tuberculosis and HIV, she brings with her 30 years of experience in clinical care and research and has worked…

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Communication is key to understanding female circumcision

The Somali women that Djesa describes in her PhD thesis on female genital mutilation often feel patronised by Norwegian health personnel. Credit: iStockphoto Lack of communication hampers the prevention of female genital mutilation, according to anthropologist Rachel Issa Djesa. She has observed encounters between Norwegian authorities, health personnel and Somali…

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Female genital mutilation is not a sex act, attorney says

DETROIT, MI — Federal prosecutors charged two Detroit-area doctors, who are also accused of female genital mutilation, with an additional crime usually reserved for pimps who prostitute young girls. Dr. Jumana Nagarwala, 44, of Northville, a former physician at Henry Ford Hospital, is accused of performing religious-based female circumcisions on…

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