When does a cultural practice become a crime? Female genital mutilation (FGM) is illegal in NZ but many women living here may regard this practice as part of their culture.

Radio New Zealand spoke to one woman about her FGM experience as a five-year-old - and to health practitioners helping communities understand when a cultural practice can become an abuse of human rights.

Syerina Syahrin is a PHD candidate at Victoria University in Wellington, and Muslim.

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