Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
Books and reports
Books on FGM:
||Fauziya Kassindja, et al., "Do
They Hear You When You Cry?"
A reader of our site commented on this book: "It was wonderful and very
educational; I really recommend it." The book describes the experiences of a 17
year old woman who escaped from her West African village just hours before she was
scheduled to be mutilated. She made it to the U.S. where she was faced with an immigration
nightmare. 5 book reviews on the Amazon.com site each rated the book a rating of 5 out of
5! Some excerpts are:
||"Fauziya recounts her harrowing ordeals in both Africa and the United States
with eloquence and remarkable depth."
||"The two stories together, full of good guys and bad guys, lush landscapes,
barren prison cells, love, courage, despair, and cruelty make a dark fairy tale, a
sprawling adventure, a nightmare, out of an astonishing true story."
||"It's been a long time since I've read a book that has moved me like this one
||"EXCELLENT!!!!!!!! I enjoyed this book. It is the best book I have read
||"...I was vaguely familiar with Fauziya's story. However, nothing prepared me
for the profoundly gripping experiences that make up this book."
||"This is an unsettling, outrageous, and ultimately outstanding tale of
remarkable courage and strength..."
The book is: Fauziya Kassindja, Layli Miller Bashir, Gini Kopecky, and Sheryl Lee Ralph, "Do
They Hear You When You Cry?," Bantam Doubleday Dell Books (1998). It is available on
from Amazon.com books. It is also available in
Each version can be purchased at less than $10 plus shipping, as of 2002-AUG.
||S.M. James, & C.C. Robertson, Eds., "Genital cutting and
transnational sisterhood: Disputing U.S. polemics," University of
Illinois Press, (2002). This is bound to be a controversial publication.
A book review at Amazon.com states that the book: "critiques the sources that
perpetuate the harmful myths that all African women have been mutilated and
promote doing so to their children, that those who perform it are barbaric, and
that families who allow it are abusive. With sensitivity and clarity, the
contributors to 'Genital Cutting and Transnational Sisterhood' provide necessary
and alternative suggestions for the eradication of the most harmful procedures
which they feel can only occur when the leadership of African women in the
ongoing campaigns is acknowledged and supported, and when income generation for
African women and education of the U.S. public, rather than criminalization,
become primary strategies."
You can read reviews and/or order the book safely from Amazon.com's
||Sami Aldeeb, "Male and female circumcision." The author is staff legal
adviser for Arab and Islamic Law at Swiss Institute of Comparative
Law. He has written a number of books on FGM:
||The first volume, 561 pages, is about male and female
circumcision among Jews, Christians and Muslims -- the
religious debate. It is published by Riad El-Rayyes (Sanayeh,
Union Building, P.O.Box 113-5796, Beirut). It contains 25
annexes of about 100 pages: old and recent texts, fatwas and
opinions on this subject from the Muslim world, two of them
never published before. The famous Egyptian physician and
writer, Dr. Nawal El-Saadawi, wrote a foreword of six pages.
An English translation of the foreword, was available at
but seems to be offline. An Arabic translation
of the foreword is at:
||The second volume, under press at the same publisher, is
about medical, social and legal debate.
||The French version, 539 pages, covers the religious,
medical, social and legal debates. It was scheduled to be published by L'Harmattan,
Paris in 2001.
You can contact the author at
Research Action and Information Network for the bodily
Integrity of Women (RAINBO) has a list of books, pamphlets for African
immigrants and refugees to the U.S., and other publications on FGM which
they stock for sale. See:
Medical information on FGM:
Until recently, little medical information had been available to help
physicians in the treatment of female victims of FGM. With the influx of
thousands of African and Asian immigrants annually, medical personnel in
the U.S., Canada and UK need basic information about FGM in order to
handle the medical and obstetric implications of FGM.
Beverley Chalmers & Kowser Omer-Hashi: "Female Genital Mutilation
and Obstetric Care," Trafford, (2003).
Amazon.com describes the book as providing: "...a valuable resource for
those concerned with the Obstetric, Midwifery and Nursing care of women who
have previously undergone Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). Unique
information on the practice of FGM is also provided from a multidisciplinary
viewpoint. Embedded n a global perspective, the book integrates social,
cultural, religious, psychological and sexual information with appropriate
medical and obstetrical care....The book is ideally suited to practicing
professionals as well as students in Obstetrics, Midwifery and Nursing. It
is also of value to Lawyers, Social Workers, Psychologists, Teachers, and
others in the helping professions who care for women or children with FGM.
In his foreword to the book, Professor Mahmoud Fathalla (Assiut University
Egypt, and Past President of FIGO) highly recommends the book for global
reviews or order this book safely from Amazon.com online book store
||Research, Action and Information Network for the Bodily Integrity
of Women (RAINBO), a New York, NY, sells a booklet on care for FGM
affected women. 4
||The American College of Ob/Gyns has a FGM treatment training
||Rising Daughters Aware, an Oakland CA agency provides a
"FGM Crash Course for Health Professionals." 6
||The Royal Australian College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists has
produced a information sheet: "Female Genital Mutilation:
Information for Australian health professionals." 7
There are few clinics in the West which specialize in treating complications arising
from FGM. Two are:
||Comfort Momoh's "African Well Woman Clinic" in London,
||Dr. Nawal Nour's clinic at Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston,
Additional information on FGM.
"Church speaks out against female genital mutilation,"
Rising Daughters Aware: Order forms, Section 11," at:
Publications, RAINBO, at:
Nahid Toubia, "Caring for women with circumcision: A technical
manual for health care providers." Order from
"Female Circumcision/Female Genital Mutilation: Clinical
Management of Circumcised Women" ACOG, #AA319. May be purchased
from 1-800-762-2264, or from the Resource Catalog Section of ACOG's web site
at http://www.acog.org .
"FGM Crash Course for Health Professionals," Rising
Daughters Aware, 160 pages, at: http://www.fgm.org/Instructions.html
FREE This web site appears to have been
"Female Genital Mutilation: Information for Australian health
professionals," Royal Australian College of Obstetricians and
Tostan: Women's Health and Human Rights is a non-governmental
organization based in Senegal, West Africa, run by local people, and
funded primarily by UNICEF. See:
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Copyright © 1998 to 2007 by Ontario Consultants on Religious
Originally published: 1998-MAR-13
Last updated 2007-MAR-10
Author: Bruce A Robinson