"It's encouraging to hear them talking about it. But at the same time, it's frustrating because the programs have not changed yet," Shea said.
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However, "FGM is very different in purpose in that it is to deprive the woman of sexual enjoyment throughout the rest of her life. Also unlike male circumcision, there are no health benefits and there are health risks to FGM," Shea said.
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