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Title:From Bagadadji to Abu Hashim: new approaches to combat female circumcision
Author:Halim, Asma Mohamed Abdel
Year:2007
Periodical:Review of African Political Economy
Volume:34
Issue:114
Pages:719-725
Language:English
Geographic terms:Senegal
Egypt
Subjects:female circumcision
women's education
empowerment
Link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/03056240701819640
Abstract:Although female circumcision is a form of violence against women and girls, an understanding of certain premises and approaches is indispensable for activists and scholars advocating women's rights. Remaining sensitive to the views of the communities in which female circumcision is practised is imperative for the success of any intervention. The involvement of grassroots is one way to destabilize inherited beliefs and expose them as human-made rules rather than fixed immutable norms. This paper presents two experiences that managed to have the local community directly participate in the campaigns against female circumcision. It concerns programmes whose mission includes empowering African communities: Tostan, an international organization situated in Senegal, and the Positive Deviance Approach (PDA) or Positive Deviance Inquiry (PDI) in Egypt. Bibliogr., notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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