"Never My Daughters": A Qualitative Study Regarding Attitude Change Toward Female Genital Cutting Among Ethiopian and Eritrean Families in Sweden

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title "Never My Daughters": A Qualitative Study Regarding Attitude Change Toward Female Genital Cutting Among Ethiopian and Eritrean Families in Sweden
Author Johnsdotter, Sara ; Moussa, Kontie ; Carlbom, Aje ; Aregai, Rishan ; Essén, Birgitta
Date 2009
English abstract
To explore attitudes toward female genital cutting (FGC) in a migration perspective, qualitative interviews were conducted with men and women from Ethiopia and Eritrea in Sweden. We found firm rejection of all forms of FGC and absence of a guiding motive. Informants failed to see any meaning in upholding the custom. We conclude that children of Ethiopian or Eritrean parents resident in Sweden run little risk of being subjected to FGC. A societal structure prepared to deal with suspected cases of FGC with a high level of alertness should be combined with a healthy sceptical attitude toward exaggerations of risk estimates.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07399330802523741 (link to publisher's fulltext)
Host/Issue Health Care for Women International
Volume 30
ISSN 0739-9332
Pages 114-133
Language eng (iso)
Subject FGC
female circumcision
FGM
Ethiopians
Eritreans
cultural change
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES::Social sciences::Social anthropology/ethnography
Research Subject Categories::MEDICINE::Social medicine
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/7169 Permalink to this page
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