|Type||Thesis or Dissertation - Master’s degree|
|Title||When culture harms: A case study on Female Genital Mutilation in Ethiopia and reverberations felt in a wider context from a political and ethical perspective|
and Questions: The purpose with this thesis is to
persist in Ethiopia,
and secondly to explore
reverberations felt in a wider context from a
political and ethical perspective
The aim of this paper is not to
argue that traditional female genital
mutilation ought to be legalized, but to highlight the double standards of moral involved
questions were used as guidance
to fulfil the purpose:
is the situation for women and what is the
tus of FGM i
re there legal framework mechanisms in place?
hat are the attitudes on
the biggest challenges in the struggle against FGM and what are the way’s forward?
readings can be made with regards to the ‘phenomenon’ of genital alterations
in a wider
political and ethical
This thesis is
case study of the phenome
non genital mutilation
It has elements of a field
study with comparative elements, in terms of the ‘
’ of genital alterations.
fieldwork conducted in Ethiopia as wel
The paper presents an alternative point of view on previously not so well understood
relations on the subject matter.
a poor and
behind in most areas
in the Criminal Code
not strong enough,
or in place
riminal Code only restricts the practice
t explicitly outlaw it
democratically crippled, and
NGOs has been constrained (indirectly) in their work on FGM.
and culture, rather than religion, seem to be
the most decisive factor
s for the practice
as though the veil of silence
been partially lifted.
There seem to
be awareness in some segments of the population, however much more work is needed towards the
total elimination of
Awareness on the harm
as well as implementation and adherence to
the law, and thus change takes time.
Western cultural norms
seem to prev
ail over other
us forms of genital alterations
undertaken due to
skewed attitudes and
have a negative impact on the struggl
e against FGM,
|»||Ethiopia - Demographic and Health Survey 2011|