Canadian gynaecologists state that female genital mutilation a ‘human rights violation’

The National Post – February 21, 2012

The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada is calling for a cultural change in attitudes toward female genital mutilation, a practice it calls a human rights violation. The society has reaffirmed its stance on the practice in a new policy statement published in the February 2012 edition of the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada.

“As women of reproductive age immigrate in great numbers to Canada, Canadian health professionals will likely be faced with more requests for procedures involving female genital cutting or for treatment due to a (female genital mutilation) procedure they were subjected to in the past,” said Dr. Vyta Senikas, acting executive vice-president of the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada and a principal co-author of the policy statement.

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