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Revista de la Universidad Industrial de Santander. Salud

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HERNANDEZ-QUIRAMA, Andrea  and  ROJAS BETANCUR, Hector Mauricio. Female genital mutilation: an increased risk by social indifference. Rev. Univ. Ind. Santander. Salud [online]. 2019, vol.51, n.2, pp.169-173. ISSN 0121-0807.  http://dx.doi.org/10.18273/revsal.v51n2-2019008.

Female genital mutilation constitutes a grave violation of human, women and children rights. It is considered an ancestral practice in some cultures, where it is justified and reproduced under the cultural relativism. It is a problem that requires greater attention of the institutions in general and public health in particular. Colombia is one of the few countries in America that reported cases of mutilation practices. However, the problem is global by large flows of high risk migrants to Europe and North America. Its eradication is a global imperative because it is one of the worst types of violence against women.

Keywords : Female genital mutilation; public health; children; human rights.

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