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Acts of Violence- Midwives experiences and attitudes to virginity control and hymen (re)constructions
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Nursing.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Nursing.
2014 (English)In: British journal of midwifery, ISSN 0969-4900, E-ISSN 2052-4307Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
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AbstractGlobally, midwives are often at the forefront of promoting and improvingwomen’s sexual and reproductive health. It is important to develop agender perspective in midwifery education, one that addresses thefact that virginity control and hymen (re)constructions are unscientificand may cause great harm to women worldwide. This study aimedto investigate the experience and attitudes of an international groupof midwives regarding virginity control and hymen (re)constructions.An online questionnaire was emailed to midwives who attended theInternational Confederation of Midwifery (ICM) Congress in Glasgow.The respondents (n=480) represented five continents. Ten percent ofthe midwives reported professional experience of requests concerningvirginity examinations and hymen (re)constructions. The majority statedthat these practices are unjustifiable, and amount to acts of violenceagainst women, whereas a minority responded that these practices canbe acceptable. Almost two-thirds stated that it is the responsibility ofmidwives to work against these practices

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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-145700DOI: 10.12968/bjom.2014.22.5.344OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-145700DiVA, id: diva2:1190445
Available from: 2018-03-14 Created: 2018-03-14 Last updated: 2018-06-09

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