Changing practices and shifting meanings of female genital cutting among the Maasai of Arusha and Manyara regions of Tanzania

Published: 2017
Author: Hannelore Van Bavel, Gily Coene & Els Leye

A study which looked at changing practices and shifting meanings of female genital cutting among the Maasai people in Tanzania. The findings suggest that an increasing social pressure to abandon female genital cutting  has inspired thehiding of the practice, causing the actual cutting to become detached from its traditional ceremonial connotations. It advocates for more bottom approaches to support a contextually relevant approach to social change.