How effectively does the state/police work with the Somali Community in Birmingham to combat Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)?

Mubaiwa, Ottis (2014) How effectively does the state/police work with the Somali Community in Birmingham to combat Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)? BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    It is commonly held in literature on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) that the adverse and brutal impact of the practice mainly manifests in medical complications. While the medical implications are immense the lasting impact of FGM are more wide ranging carrying implications for women’s rights. Studying FGM just through a medical approach is therefore unlikely to help us to a complex understanding of the practice. This research will attempt to provide such a holistic analysis into the nature of, and the reasons for the persistency of FGM even given programmes to raise awareness of the harmful nature of the practice. It will also consider how women and other stakeholders perceive FGM with a view to highlighting how better policy and practice could emerge. The arguments presented are backed by the evidence gathered through a literature review and semi-structured interviews and focus group with at risk women from the Somali community in Birmingham and key stakeholders whose role it is to respond to FGM and act to eradicate it.
    I also acknowledge that FGM is a sensitive topic therefore the choice of the instrument design should not put the participants in any harm neither should it be intrusive. The study interviewed 8 young females above the age of 18 from the Somali community in Birmingham; they were identified through Women’s Aid who offer support and referral services to vulnerable women. Whilst qualitative method is used, the researcher acknowledges that this research is not about numbers but it is about how women feel, and the practical impact of FGM .Due to the nature of this research, confidentiality as underpinned by the Data Protection Act 1998 was also taken into account. The outcome of the research shows that FGM is still prevalent in UK, although this is not openly spoken about as communities understand that the procedure is punitive.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Languages and Area Studies
    Depositing User: Beth Atkins
    Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2014 11:56
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:45

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