Surkhab Peerzada Receives Infinity Journal Award for Article on Female Genital Cutting

Surkhab Peerzada, a graduating master’s candidate in Steinhardt’s Community Public Health Program, is the recipient of an Infinity Journal Award for her article, ‘Eradicating Female Genital Cutting: Advantages of Collective Decision Making,’ which appeared in the journal’s August/September 2009 edition.

In making the award, Infinity’s editor wrote, “Surkhab, a master’s candidate at New York University, has written on a crucial, yet often misunderstood, and even ignored topic. Her piece not only brings to the fore both a tragic yet essential issue, but also offers the reader (from students to decision-makers), policy recommendations that are vital to international human rights. Ultimately, Surkhab called attention to a number of critical elements – from educating communities to understanding the negative effects of terminology to a crucial understanding that ‘a culturally sensitive approach mixed with the human rights framework is required,’ for the total elimination of female genital cutting.”

Infinity Journal is a London, UK based progressive journalzine, a “cool, casual and new type of venue,” which publishes articles on global affairs.

Click on this link to read, ‘Eradicating Female Genital Cutting: Advantages of Collective Decision Making.’

Photo: Surkhab Peerzada