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Call for GPs to be educated on genital mutilation
by Joanne Hunt
Irish GPs do not know how to recognise types of female genital mutilation or where to refer victims for care, a survey has shown.
The survey, commissioned by migrant women's rights group AkiDwA, sought to establish if migrant women living in Ireland who are victims of female genital mutilation are receiving the appropriate care.
Most common in western and eastern Africa, female genital mutilation includes the partial or total removal of external female genitalia or injury to female organs for non-medical reasons. Practised for cultural or social reasons, it is typically inflicted on girls between the ages of four and 10.
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