As part of the 16 days of activism, the Asia Network to End FGM/C (female genital mutilation/ circumcision) has released two toolkits, one of which is a toolkit I had written for activists and civil society organisations who need to engage with healthcare professionals to end FGM/C in Asia. This is a great start for laypersons to understand the health implications of FGM/C, its medicalisation, and the different practices of FGM/C and its subtypes in Asia. It also includes strategies to communicate with healthcare professionals as well as contentious areas of debate within the FGM/C discourse. We need to understand that FGM/C is not restricted to a particular culture, religion, or geographical location, but a universal phenomenon of misogyny and act of violence against women and girls.

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