Hilary Burrage

Hilary Burrage
Northwestern University | NU · Buehler Center for Health Policy and Economics, Feinberg School of Medicine

BSc(Soc)(Hons), MSc, PGCE; author of two chapters and two books on FGM: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6684-2740

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Introduction
I am sole author of two books on female genital mutilation (FGM) - ERADICATING FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION (a textbook addressing global issues re socio-economics, community, health, education, law etc, with examples from/of UK policy - Routledge, 2015) and FEMALE MUTILATION (narrative accounts of individuals in five continents who have experienced and/or are seeking to end FGM - New Holland, 2016) . I have also contributed chapters on FGM to two other books: IN THE NAME OF TRADITION: FGM IN IRAN (Kameel Ahmady, UnCUT/VOICES Press, 2016) and the ROUTLEDGE INTERNATIONAL HANDBOOK OF WOMEN'S SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH (2019). . My website www.hilaryburrage.com carries numerous posts on FGM, including my papers and presentations in many locations. hilary@hilaryburrage.com
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January 2009 - March 2015
The Royal Society
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  • Fellow

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Publications (22)
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It is argued that currently prevailing concepts of the scientific status and appropriate mode of operation of epidemiology fall short of those required for the development of effective strategies to promote health in the everyday world. The need, at present unmet, exists for an experimentally meaningful and politically aware theory and method in he...
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This paper examines the relationship between curriculum and assessment in respect of gender, focusing largely on ages 14‐16+. Discussion concerns specifically those gender issues arising from the current trend towards vocationalism and from the intention, via the 1988 Education Reform Act, to introduce in England and Wales a national curriculum and...
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A study of women university teachers of natural science in England and Wales was undertaken, by mail questionnaire, during the academic year 1971-72. It was designed to examine women scientists' preference for the life sciences, and to test the hypothesis that they tend to have atypical family and educational backgrounds. The findings support the p...
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This paper proposes a possible framework to examine ideas about public space in relation to culture, knowledge, community engagement and inclusion. It does not seek to challenge current ideas about the sustainable development of public space but rather to offer some additional and interlinked perspectives arising from wider debates on the importanc...
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It is a truism that ‘science’ sees only what it chooses to consider. The current Covid-19 pandemic (70+m cases) has received many multiples of the resources available to address FGM (200+m cases). Further, subject disciplines (e.g. Public Health, if not Epidemiology as such) which illuminate disadvantage are less likely to gain political favour. Re...
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Sometimes we have to think beyond the specific, and examine the wider contexts of our lives. The bigger picture is what has been bothering me for a long while, as we try to defend the rights of children and vulnerable adults in a currently very challenging global setting. Our human rights, our health and even the well-being of the planet itself are...
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Is female genital mutilation an African issue? A women's problem? A religious requirement? A feminist concern? Playing devil's advocate, the answer in every case is that FGM shatters these limiting frames. Ablation of girls' genitalia isn't the unique concern of Africans, women, theologians or feminists. Ending FGM requires all people of good will....
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Chapter 33 - Female Genital Mutilation and Genital Surgeries :: Female genitals have been a source of fascination and fear throughout history. Patriarchal control of women by suturing their genitals has occurred over thousands of years, and still these practices – female genital mutilation – continue in communities of many types around the world....
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We seek to clarify and assess the underlying moral reasons for opposing all medically unnecessary genital cutting of female minors, no matter how severe. We find that within a Western medicolegal framework, these reasons are compelling. However, they do not only apply to female minors, but rather to non-consenting persons of any age irrespective of...
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https://hilaryburrage.com/2017/06/28/fgm-khatna-khafz-persists-in-bohra-india-uk-politicians-can-help-to-stop-it/
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IN THE NAME OF TRADITION: FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION, By KAMEEL AHMADY :: AfterWords - By Tobe Levin and Hilary Burrage :: Is female genital mutilation an African issue? A women’s problem? A religious requirement? A feminist concern? ~ . Playing devil’s advocate, the answer in every case is that FGM shatters these limiting frames. Ablation of...
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Female Mutilation: The truth behind the horrifying global practice of female genital mutilation (New Holland Publishers, 2016) comprises 70+ ‘narratives’ from survivors, family and community members, activists and professionals in two dozen countries, five continents, also with an accompanying website to bring all the contributors together, and a T...
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Hilary BurrageThis ground-breaking handbook details the present situation with regard to female genital mutilation (FGM) in Britain, referring also to other Western nations where FGM occurs. It scrutinises current pathways to eradicating this dangerous, sometimes lethal, form of child abuse and gender-related violence. The cultural and belief syst...
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http://hilaryburrage.com/2015/03/07/preventing-fgm-beware-a-turf-war-between-medicine-and-law/
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This study investigates emotional divorce in marriage in everyday life in Iran from a female perspective. Many studies have been conducted on divorce but there is vacuum in the field of emotional divorce in regard to how it is defined and which research methodologies are most appropriate. This study aims to understand the participant’s construct of...
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Adapted from] http://hilaryburrage.com/2013/01/15/why-does-female-genital-mutilation-occur-and-what-are-its-impacts/ Female genital mutilation (FGM) is an horrific act, agreed by all the major global humanitarian and legal organisations, and by many nations, to be a gross violation of human rights. But still it continues, perpetrated often on small...
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http://hilaryburrage.com/2008/07/28/from-regeneration-to-sustainability-a-northern-take-on-knowledge/

Questions

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Is anyone currently undertaking serious research into the psychological and group dynamic changes / damage which FGM may cause?
I know of one research finding
> Behrendt A, Moritz S. Posttraumatic stress disorder and memory problems after female genital mutilation. American Journal of Psychiatry 2005; 162:1000-1002
but there must surely be more recent work?
I'd like to learn about any / all such studies, anywhere, and am particularly interested in e.g. the ways FGM may itself alter responses to what might otherwise be effective interventions to bring this 'practice' to an end.
Many thanks,
Hilary
[hilary@hilaryburrage.com]

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Examining the socio-economic and health / psychological well-being costs of traditional harmful practices and oppression.