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A Decolonizing Methodology for Health Research on Female Genital Cutting

Werunga, Jane MSN, RN; Reimer-Kirkham, Sheryl PhD, RN; Ewashen, Carol PhD, RN

doi: 10.1097/ANS.0000000000000121
Women & Girls

In this article, critical perspectives including postcolonial feminism, African feminism, and intersectionality are presented as having decolonizing methodological potential whereby the Western narrative surrounding the practice of female genital cutting, particularly in the context of migration, is reexamined. In addition, multiple intersecting influences on affected women's realities are accounted for and a critical consciousness that serves to inform praxis, address social determinants of health, and promote health equity is encouraged. The inclusion of an African feminist perspective, a traditionally marginalized critical perspective, serves to further decolonize some long-held erroneous beliefs about the sexuality, subjectivity, and embodiment of the African woman.

Faculty of Nursing, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada (Ms Werunga and Dr Ewashen); and Trinity Western University, Langley, British Columbia, Canada (Dr Reimer-Kirkham).

Correspondence: Jane Werunga, MSN, RN, Faculty of Nursing, University of Calgary, 2800 University Drive NW, Calgary, Alberta, T2N 1N4, Canada (

No conflicts of interest declared.

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