Australia aims to eliminate female genital mutilationBMJ 2012; 345 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e8553 (Published 17 December 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e8553
- Melissa Sweet
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 …