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    Subverting social norms around female genital cutting in Somalia

    Female genital cutting (FGC) is the practice of cutting or removing part of the female genitalia for non-medical reasons. In many countries of the developing world, a girl’s transition to womanhood can be marked by some form of this tradition. UQ School of Economics researcher Dr David Smerdon has been working with local NGOs in Somalia to find policy solutions to eradicate FGC.
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    Gender and gemstones

    Madagascar is one of the world’s largest producers of fine sapphires and other gems, but it is also one of the world’s poorest countries. Sapphire miners and traders are largely women, and their early position in the supply chain means they receive few of the profits to be garnered from the gemstone industry. Lynda Lawson’s doctoral research with the Sustainable Minerals Institute (SMI) aims to change that by providing training and equipment to women sapphire workers to increase their power within the industry.

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