Malaysia: FGM/C, period spot checks and sexual harassment — Hannah.Nazri.org

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Concluding thoughts

  1. The issue of FGM/C in Malaysia can no longer be avoided by the Malaysian Medical Council (MMC). At the very least, the MMC should issue a statement to discourage doctors from performing FGM/C as this is not a medical procedure taught in any medical school in the world.
  2. Malaysia needs comprehensive sexuality education that is complemented with educating students on the fundamental aspects of a positive relationship and challenging gender stereotypes. Consent and healthy personal boundaries should be taught from a young age with the correct genital anatomy names. Menstrual education should form part of this package. Teens should be taught about diversity in genital appearance, the harms of sexting and pornography, as well as child marriage, FGM/C, and resources that they can tap into if they find themselves at risk of any form of sexual abuse. Teachers need to be trained properly and be the safehouse for students at risk of any form of abuse. Importantly, parents should be comfortable talking about sexuality education or students will continue to keep mum on this subject out of shame.
  3. Finally, Malaysia needs to table the Sexual Harassment Bill which should have been tabled if not for the suspension of the Parliament due to the COVID-19 pandemic in January 2021 (Japan Times, 2021).

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Medical Doctor & DPhil candidate in Obstetrics & Gynaecology at the University of Oxford. Youth education & women's rights advocate.

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Hannah Nazri

Hannah Nazri

Medical Doctor & DPhil candidate in Obstetrics & Gynaecology at the University of Oxford. Youth education & women's rights advocate.