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Harmful Practices


Harmful Practices

Harmful Practices

What is meant by harmful practices?

Harmful traditional practices are forms of violence which have been committed, primarily against women and girls, in certain communities and societies for so long that they are considered, or presented by perpetrators, as part of accepted cultural practice. They have often been embedded in communities for a long time and are born out of community pressure.

The most common forms of harmful practices are:

  • female genital mutilation or cutting (FGM).
  • so called ‘honour’ based violence/abuse
  • forced or early marriage

Other less common forms include:

  • Spirit Possession
  • Breast Ironing