The cultural practice of female genital mutilation persists, with grave implications for girls’ and women’s health. The cultural reasons behind the practice are complex. It is therefore essential that critique of the practice come from members of the affected communities. This paper presents a thoughtful review of current community views and proposes an alternative cultural narrative using cultural transformation theory to shift community norms.


cultural practice; cultural transformation; female circumcision; female genital cutting; female genital mutilation (FGM); leadership; women’s human rights

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