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Not the Numbers Game Series
The Cutting Edge

Ugandan project attempts to change attitudes about female genital mutilation.

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Directed by Irene Zikusoka and Charlotte Metcalf
Produced by Emily Marlow and Jenny Richards for Television Trust for the Environment

"After circumcising there's a lot of bleeding and pain," recalls Rose. "You're not supposed to release it have to swallow all that pain."

Around the world 100 million women have been subjected to female genital mutilation. Hundreds die annually as a result. Many more are left permanently crippled. This film examines a new project in Uganda called REACH, which aims to persuade people that it is possible to retain all the ritual and cultural celebration of welcoming young girls into womanhood, by substituting the giving of a symbolic gift for the actual cutting.

Other titles in the series are:

Mothers of Malappuram - Literacy and access to health services slow population growth in India.

Land of Widows - A midwife in post civil war Cambodia helps other poor women with health services.

On the Way - A new sex education project in Peru combats teenage pregnancy.

Fighting Back - Women in Bosnia are rebuilding war-torn lives.

Invisible Garments, Expensive Soles - Nike and other multinationals are moving production to developing countries like Indonesia.

Grade Level: 10-12, College, Adult
US Release Date: 1997     Copyright Date: 1996
DVD ISBN: 1-59458-857-0     VHS ISBN: 1-56029-709-3

"Provide(s) an interesting wide-angle snapshot of various women's health and welfare issues in developing countries, and would be a useful discussion opener in classrooms, or a suitable addition to larger public and academic collections interested in women's and/or population studies."
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The Cutting Edge

"Very powerful and very moving." Dr. June Goodfield, International Health and Biomedicine

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African Studies
Developing World
Female Genital Mutilation
Gender Issues
Gender Studies
Human Rights
Reproductive Rights
Social Justice
Social Psychology
Women's Studies

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The Right to Choose
Women are denied human rights in Ethiopia and northern Nigeria.

Welcome to Womanhood
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Not The Numbers Game (BBC Version)
The role of women in solving development and population problems worldwide.

Young Wives' Tales
Very early marriage threatens young girls' health and survival.

Till Death Do Us Part
Widows are denied inheritance and property rights in Nigeria.

In the Name of Safety
False imprisonment violates due process in Bangladesh.

A Question of Rights
Looks at the state of women's human rights in Ethiopia, Latvia, Jamaica and Fiji.

When Abortion was Illegal
Devastating stories from the era of illegal abortion.

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