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In a Chats in the Stacks book talk, Saida Hodžic, associate professor in the Department of Anthropology and in the Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program at Cornell, presented her book, The Twilight of Cutting: African Activism and Life after NGOs (University of California Press).
Despite lower rates of female genital cutting in the last 30 years, there has been an increase in NGOs, both local and international, that have been campaigning in Africa against the practice. Hodžic examines more than 30 years of reproductive health campaigns, which have problematized and criminalized female cutting in Ghana. She analyzes the health campaigns’ transnational ties and regional roles and the resultant changes in laws and institutions. She also discusses related political projects, opposition movements, and how to bring about social transformation.