Female Genital Mutilation (in the following: FGM) involves the partial or total removal of female genitalia and the resulting damage to the female genital organs. The great majority of women in Burkina Faso have undergone FGM (75,8%, see: DHS 2010, chapter 3.2, and chapter 3.3), although the international community criticises that this practice violates numerous universal human rights concepts: e.g. the right to health, to freedom from torture or cruel or degrading treatment, and, in some cases, the right to life (see chapter 2.4).
KeywordsFemale Genital Mutilation Participatory Action Research Traditional Gender Role Female Genitalia Remote Village
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