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The impact of empathy on the realisation of human rights in general and female genital mutilation in particular

Nilsson, Thérése (2008)
Human Rights Studies
Abstract
More than 130 million girls and women have undergone female genital mutilation (FGM). FGM is an act violating human rights (HR) involving many actors, most importantly children, mothers and fathers. This notwithstanding, WHO estimate that 2 millions will undergo FGM each year, despite FGM being a punishable act on international as well as on national levels. What is the impact of empathy on the realisation of HR in general and FGM in particular? Empathy i.e. to understand another person's feelings is, compared to sympathy, a neutral word i.e. free of value. To use sympathy instead of empathy might if misguided give the feeling of pity, and yield resentment, thus hampering the eradication of FGM. Furthermore, empathy is easily lost e.g. by... (More)
More than 130 million girls and women have undergone female genital mutilation (FGM). FGM is an act violating human rights (HR) involving many actors, most importantly children, mothers and fathers. This notwithstanding, WHO estimate that 2 millions will undergo FGM each year, despite FGM being a punishable act on international as well as on national levels. What is the impact of empathy on the realisation of HR in general and FGM in particular? Empathy i.e. to understand another person's feelings is, compared to sympathy, a neutral word i.e. free of value. To use sympathy instead of empathy might if misguided give the feeling of pity, and yield resentment, thus hampering the eradication of FGM. Furthermore, empathy is easily lost e.g. by numbing, distancing, demonising, and intellectualising ?them? into being so different as for ?us? not to believe ?them? to have the same feelings as ?we? have. Most importantly, the majority of the children and some of the women undergoing FGM are non-autonomous, non-consenting, hence it is of great importance not to forget that the realisation of their HR requires that the individuals making the decisions on their behalf can afford to feel empathy, and acknowledge HR. (Less)
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Nilsson, Thérése
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organization
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type
L2 - 2nd term paper (old degree order)
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keywords
human rights, FGM, empathy, Humanities, Humaniora, Mänskliga rättigheter
language
English
id
1319850
date added to LUP
2008-01-10
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  abstract     = {More than 130 million girls and women have undergone female genital mutilation (FGM). FGM is an act violating human rights (HR) involving many actors, most importantly children, mothers and fathers. This notwithstanding, WHO estimate that 2 millions will undergo FGM each year, despite FGM being a punishable act on international as well as on national levels. What is the impact of empathy on the realisation of HR in general and FGM in particular? Empathy i.e. to understand another person's feelings is, compared to sympathy, a neutral word i.e. free of value. To use sympathy instead of empathy might if misguided give the feeling of pity, and yield resentment, thus hampering the eradication of FGM. Furthermore, empathy is easily lost e.g. by numbing, distancing, demonising, and intellectualising ?them? into being so different as for ?us? not to believe ?them? to have the same feelings as ?we? have. Most importantly, the majority of the children and some of the women undergoing FGM are non-autonomous, non-consenting, hence it is of great importance not to forget that the realisation of their HR requires that the individuals making the decisions on their behalf can afford to feel empathy, and acknowledge HR.},
  author       = {Nilsson, Thérése},
  keyword      = {human rights,FGM,empathy,Humanities,Humaniora,Mänskliga rättigheter},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {The impact of empathy on the realisation of human rights in general and female genital mutilation in particular},
  year         = {2008},
}