Female Genital Cutting


Naima Abdullahi runs a support group for victims of genital cutting. She was cut at age 9. Photo Credit: Amber Fouts for The New York Times

Working with cultural differences is important in our work.  Remaining judgment free is a critical skill that some may find difficult around the issue of female genital cutting.

Did you know that 98% of women in Somalia and 89% in Eritrea are cut?  Did you know that “vacation cutting” (performed when US-resident daughters visit their countries or origin or relatives elsewhere during school holidays) is common enough in the US to have a name?  Neither did I.

A recent New York Times article shocked me.  I asked a few trusted advisors how to frame this information in a blog post and if I should even post about it at all.

If anyone has insight about how this issue could affect employment services and our work with clients, please share.





Share this Post...
Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail this to someonePrint this page

Leave a Comment