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Australia aims to eliminate female genital mutilation

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e8553 (Published 17 December 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e8553
  1. Melissa Sweet
  1. 1Sydney

The Australian government has announced a suite of measures aimed at eliminating female genital mutilation, a practice that it has described as “barbaric” and “horrific.”

A joint statement by the prime minister, Julia Gillard, and the health minister, Tanya Plibersek, said that a national summit involving health, legal, and policing experts would be held early next year to raise awareness of the issue.1

The government also announced funding of $A0.5m (£0.3m; €0.4m; $US0.5m) for community awareness and education activities and said that new research and data collection on female genital mutilation would be a priority.

In addition, the attorney general will review current laws to assess whether …

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