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Create FileWorld Watch. 1996 Jul-Aug;9(4):33-8.

Violence against women.

Nelson T.



This essay opens its discussion of violence against ladies by talking about the 1994 television broadcast of a 10-year-old Egyptian woman undergoing feminine genital mutilation (FGM) without advantageous asset of illness control measures or anesthesia as a result of a local barber. After presenting a brief description of FGM, its different justifications, as well as its impacts on its victims, the state Egyptian policy is described as ambiguous, and the broadcast is proven to have triggered influential religious leaders and medical workers to protect FGM and, therefore, led to postponement of a bill to outlaw FGM. The next section of the essay demonstrates that Egypt's reaction to FGM reflects the worldwide debate on all kinds of physical violence against ladies rising from and reinforcing the social relationships giving males power over females. These kinds of physical violence consist of domestic violence in almost all societies; the dowry-related, bride-burning homicides that claim 5000-12,000 everyday lives annually in India; son preference leading to abortion of feminine fetuses and feminine infanticide; and crimes such as rape, sexual punishment, and forced prostitution. The essay continues with a review of the costs of violence hidden within the injury to ladies that increases health care costs considerably and reduces economic efficiency. Violence towards ladies, which happens across the world and can prevent females from participating in public life or from managing their fertility, is a male tool to inhibit females from gaining autonomy outside of the house. The essay concludes that victims of physical violence are starting to break the silence that surrounded these deeds and tend to be searching for legislative security. Laws cannot end in real-life changes, but the motion to eliminate FGM may end up being 1st success in females's efforts to accomplish human liberties. An illustration is the essential precedent being occur the US by a female searching for asylum to avoid dealing with an arranged wedding and FGM in her native Togo.

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MeSH terms

  • Abortion, Induced*
  • Africa
  • Africa, Northern
  • Behavior
  • Crime
  • Developing Countries
  • Domestic Violence*
  • Economics
  • Egypt
  • Evaluation Studies as Topic*
  • Family preparing Services
  • Homicide*
  • Human Rights*
  • Infanticide*
  • Interpersonal Relations*
  • Middle East
  • Psychology
  • Rape*
  • Reproduction
  • Reproductive Techniques
  • Sex*
  • Sex Preselection*
  • Sexual Behavior
  • Social Problems
  • Social Values
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • Violence*
  • Women's Rights*

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