Fighting Female Genital Mutilation in Egypt: Health, Suffering and Politics

On 24 January 2013 Forum co-hosted a workshop Amany Abouzeid & Maria Malmström.

In 2008 Egypt outlawed the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM), but the ban has had little effect and the practice is still rife. Figures suggest that more than 90% of the women have been subject to FGM. It exposes women to physical and psychological pain, and problems with sexuality.

Anthropologists Ms. Amany Abouzeid, Tamasi/The Arab Collective for Independent Arts, and Dr. Maria Malmström, Nordic Africa Institute/Gothenburg University, presented findings on body politics and the FGM as embedded practice in Egypt. The workshop that was attended by some 65 participants engaged in a debate on politics and women’s reproductive health in Egypt and how to support the struggle against FGM.

The workshop was co-organised by Forum for Africa Studies at Uppsala University, and the Riksföreningen Stoppa Kvinnlig Könsstympning (RISK).


The RISK President Minata Dao Hagberg welcomed speakers and participants.


Amany Abouzeid


Maria Frederika Malmström



A workshop on Egypt


Amany Abouzeid