The economic impact of female genital mutilation

5 Feb 2019

African community meetingIn parts of Kenya and Somalia, a girl’s transition to womanhood is marked by the mutilation of their genitals. The reasoning differs from person to person – tradition, superstition, patriarchal practice – but consistently, there are far-reaching economic impacts.

University of Queensland behavioural economist Dr David Smerdon is working to find policy solutions to eradicate female genital mutilation in communities.

Ahead of the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation – 6 February –  Dr Smerdon reflects on his last research trip.

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