Nurses and requests for female genital mutilation: Cultural rights versus human rights

Roberta Sala, Duilio Manara

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Abstract

In this article we focus on female genital mutilation. We analyse this problem as one of the most important issues of multiculturalism, which is also coming to the attention of the public in Italy as a consequence of the growing number of immigrants from African countries. The fundamental problem is about the acceptability of this practice: can female genital mutilation be permitted and, if so, on what basis? We will try to cope with this as a genuine conflict between culture-relative values and universal values, such as human rights. Some attention will be drawn to Italian law. Finally, the impact on nurses of requests for genital mutilation will be described.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)247-258
Number of pages12
JournalNursing Ethics
Volume8
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2001

Keywords

  • Cultural identity
  • Human rights
  • Multiculturalism
  • Personalization
  • Recognition

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)

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