All data generated or analysed during this study are included in this published article and its Additional file 1. So-called virginity testing, also referred to as hymen, two-finger, or per vaginal examination, is the inspection of the female genitalia to assess if the examinee has had or has been habituated to sexual intercourse. This paper is the first systematic review of available evidence on the medical utility of virginity testing by hymen examination and its potential impacts on the examinee.
Women issued a joint statement on Oct. The organizations also say the practice has become more common among immigrant groups living in developed countries where it has never been documented before, such as Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain, Canada and Switzerland. Guessous pointed out that complications may also arise because the test is not always performed by a medical professional; instead, it may fall to a family member or traditional midwife.
Virginity testing is a form of gender-based violence and is a widely discredited practice. The doctor suggested that stopping the tests required the direct and explicit intervention of Indonesian Armed Forces commander Gen. Gatot Nurmantyo to order an end to the practice.
For one Moroccan NGO, all virginity tests should be banned, regardless of the fact they are not mandatory before marriage. Although virginity tests are not legally required before marriage, several Moroccan activists and feminists have condemned their widespread usage. It is important to remember that this examination is a violation of the basic rights of women and an attack on their dignity. The organizations called on several countries, including Morocco, to ban virginity testing for women and girls, explaining that virginity tests have no scientific credibility.
By Debora MacKenzie. Doctors, police and employers should be banned from using so-called virginity tests on women and girls, and those who continue to use them should be prosecuted, the World Health Organization has declared. Such tests are used around the world in rape investigations and even in hiring women for certain professions.
The examination can be painful, humiliating and traumatic. Given that these procedures are unnecessary and potentially harmful, it is unethical for doctors or other health providers to undertake them. Such procedures must never be carried out.
A virginity test is the practice and process of determining whether a person, usually a female, is a virgin ; i. The test typically involves a check for the presence of an intact hymenon the flawed assumption that it can only be torn as a result of sexual intercourse. Virginity testing is widely considered controversial, both because of its implications for the tested girls and women and because it is viewed as unethical.
United Nations agencies call for ban on virginity testing 17 October News release. In a global call to eliminate violence against women and girls everywhere, this medically unnecessary, and often times painful, humiliating and traumatic practice must end. Virginity testing is a long-standing tradition that has been documented in at least 20 countries spanning all regions of the world.
Senior military and police officers in Indonesia came forward this week to reveal the nation's security forces were still gauging the "morality" of female applicants by imposing "virginity tests" in the hiring process. Human Rights Watch HRW researchers first exposed how widespread the so-called "psychological examinations" for "mental health and morality reasons" were inbut since then the government has failed to take the necessary steps to prohibit the practice. It's a good thing, so why criticise it?
Malaka Gharib. Activists in India protest against virginity tests in the states of Madhya Pradesh and Kerala in On Monday, Farhad Javid will meet with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and his wife, Rula Ghani, to ask whether the president will order the release of some women and girls who are currently in jail for failing a virginity test. Javid is Afghanistan's country director for Marie Stopes Internationala global family planning organization.