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Female genital mutilation

What's Important To Us

Because Female Genital Mutilation is deeply rooted in cultural, social and religious beliefs, we need to understand it in this context and seek appropriate consultation. It is important that as well as protecting girls and young women from harm, we also work to maintain and strengthen family relationships in these circumstances.

This key information provides a discussion on the practice of female genital mutilation, what New Zealand Law says about female genital mutilation, and what social workers should do if they come across a case of actual or suspected female genital mutilation.

This material has been adapted from the Female Genital Mutilation Education Programme information pamphlets and the Refugee Health Education Programme booklet for Health and Child Protection professionals (Female genital mutilation in New Zealand: Understanding and responding, 2004). It is used here with permission.