Female Genital Mutilation : An Anachronism Of Colonialism Essay

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Female Genital Mutilation: An Anachronism of Colonialism Introduction
Despite the Canadian government and community efforts to eliminate the structural issues of violence against women (Mann, 2016), Canada is still facing women´s inequality. The practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) remains hidden, partly due to the fact that the Criminal Code of Canada explicitly forbids female genital mutilation under any circumstance, and it is penalized (Packer, Runnels, & Labonté, 2015). FGM is a practice, which comprises the removal of female genitalia and permanently mutilates the sexual organs (Ontario Human Rights Commission, 2009), and the consequences of this practice involve physical, psychological, and social damage. While female circumcision has been declared a criminal offense by Canadian policies (Vissandjée, Denetto, Migliardi, & Proctor, 2014), some communities and women consider this practice as an essential and valuable part of their lives (Youssouf, 2013). Consequently, social policies mainly focus on criminalizing the FGM practice regardless of social and cultural implications (Vissandjée et al., 2014). This paper will analyze ethnical and ethical policy responses to FGM practice, and how postcolonial and feminist social work has combated the regression of colonialism in Canada, as well as understanding the shortcomings and advantages of professional practice. Finally, this paper will address a critical self-reflection of my current approaches and my professional…

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