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Female Genital Mutilation: A Form of Persecution


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Female Genital Mutilation: A Form of Persecution

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Title: Female Genital Mutilation: A Form of Persecution
Author: Gillia, Beth Ann
Subject: Persecution
Political Asylum
Female Genital Mutilation
Abstract: The practice of female genital mutilation (hereinafter FGM) raises significant questions regarding the human rights of women and girls, but also regarding our responsibilities to each other as individuals, groups, and sovereign states within a global community. Though some have advocated complete Western non-involvement in the efforts to eradicate FGM, cultural sensitivity and respect do not demand cultural relativism or abdication of responsibility toward others as human beings. Instead of the abandonment that accompanies cultural relativism, this paper proposes that the eradication of FGM requires responses on at least three levels: the individual level, the domestic level, and the international level. Though I will briefly discuss individual and international approaches to confronting culturally challenging practices, the major focus of my paper will be on the domestic question: should FGM be recognized as persecution for purposes of asylum?
Date: 1996-05-23
Description: 26 p. ; An outstanding student paper selected as a Honors Paper.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1928/2384

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