What Are Harmful Traditional Practices (HTPs)? Why Do They Occur?

We can all appreciate the marriage of economics and psychology in this pioneering explanation.

Hilary Burrage

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Harmful traditional practices (HTPs) are group-sanctioned but usually now illegal actions taken to reinforce the power of one person or group over (an)other/s.  HTPs occur in all societies but are more prevalent in less advantaged communities than elsewhere; and women and girls are more likely to be the victims of HTPs than are boys and men, albeit both experience them in specific contexts.  HTPs are historically underpinned by contests for scarce resources and economic control and power. The recent past has seen global moves to address the issues and stop these practices.

Some examples of harmful traditional practices are listed below. NB This is not pleasant reading.

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