African women have begun in recent years to research and campaign against the practice of female circumcision. Dr. Koso-Thomas shows that female circumcision is not confined to the Horn of Africa or the Muslim areas of the Continent. Her study of the practice in Sierra Leone demonstrates its important role in the traditional initiations of females into both womanhood and society in parts of West Africa. Perhaps the most important and innovatory contribution she makes here is to set out detailed and practical proposals for a 20-year programme to end what she rightly designates as the crippling of women by this operation. Based on her extensive experience as a general practitioner in Sierra Leone, she has provided a clear and down-to-earth model which could be adopted by other countries where female circumcision is the norm.
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Olayinka Koso-Thomas is doctor working in her native Nigeria. Working largely with women patients and medical staff, dhe has advised and treated large numbers of women suffering from the physical and psychological problems directly attributable to circumcision.Review:
'The best organised and most concise book on this subject.'WIN News'Timely, authoritative and persuasive. This book should prove essential to health educators, medical and nursing personnel, policy makers and all those who respect women.'West Africa'A persuasive book... a bold and instructive approach to ending the mutilation of women.'International Journal of African Historical Studies'It presents data in a cool scientific manner, but explains problems in terms anyone can understand.'Africa Today
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