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Vol. 1 No. 1 (2021): Georgetown Scientific Research Journal: Fall 2020 Issue

The Preventative and Healing Properties of Performing Arts in Female Genital Mutilation

  • Alyssa Kardos
December 6, 2020


Despite being outlawed in many of the countries where it is the most prevalent, female genital mutilation (FGM) still persists. It is critical that innovative interventions be adopted in order to better address the cultural roots of this gender violence epidemic. The aim of this study is to explore the use of performing arts to fill this gap in effective preventative and treatment interventions. Due to the lack of data in this field, this study comprises of an extensive literature review. Existing programs were evaluated through thorough web searches, interviews of program leads, and analyses of the results. After reviewing existing evidence, it has been concluded that performing arts interventions provide positive outcomes in the field of FGM due to their ability to engage with cultural assumptions, incite empathy, and cross educational boundaries, all through community-connected approaches. Local outcomes were connected to government intervention in the recommendations to conclude that all governments should ban FGM, allocate public funds to the field of arts and health, and increase the validity of performance-based interventions through increased and improved research.