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Aug. 29, 2017, 9:29 a.m.
Countries: Canada
Variables: INFIB-DATA-1

"In Ontario, some women have asked their doctors to reverse the most severe type of FGM. Provincial records show that in the past seven years, Ontario has performed 308 'repairs of infibulations,' a surgery that creates a vaginal opening where it has been sewn mostly shut" (para 16).
Aug. 15, 2017, 7:56 p.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: INFIB-DATA-1

"[Joan] Siyuama is among many Maasai girls who are bucking a tradition that has disfigured millions of their ancestors. For the Maasai community, traditional culture permeates every aspect of daily life. Until recently, that culture dictated that elders must remove a girl’s labia and much of her clitoris before she could marry. But with the help of a generation of activists campaigning against female genital mutilation and early forced marriages, traditional African communities like this one have accepted an alternative ceremony. As a result, fewer girls are being married off as teenagers, and more are going to school"(para 3)."'I used to attend several ceremonies where young girls would undergo the ...more
May 1, 2017, 3:07 p.m.
Countries: Singapore
Variables: INFIB-DATA-1

"A noninvasive form of female genital mutilation/cutting was practiced among a small portion of the Muslim population. Normally involving nicking the prepuce, the procedure was performed by female doctors at Muslim clinics, usually on female infants or prepubescent girls" (21).
March 21, 2017, 12:08 p.m.
Countries: Guinea-Bissau
Variables: INFIB-DATA-1

"Among certain ethnic groups, especially the Fula and Mandinka, FGM/C was performed on girls from as young as four months up to adolescence" (10).
March 16, 2017, 11:51 a.m.
Countries: Guinea
Variables: INFIB-DATA-1

"Cutting was done primarily on girls between ages four and 17. Different ethnic groups practiced FGM/C at different ages. For example, 6 percent of Toma girls were cut before age five, compared to 39 percent of Malinke girls" (21). "The most common form of FGM/C was excision, which involves the partial or total removal of the clitoris and the labia minora (Type II, according to the World Health Organization’s classification)" (21). "Urban, educated families increasingly opted to perform only a slight, symbolic incision on a girl’s genitals rather than the complete procedure" (22).
March 9, 2017, 12:50 p.m.
Countries: Ghana
Variables: INFIB-DATA-1

"It was rarely performed on adult women, but the practice remained a serious problem for girls under 18 years of age...Type II FGM, defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) as the excision of the clitoris with partial or total excision of the labia minora, was most commonly practiced. According to the 2011 MICS, the vast majority of girls face this procedure prior to age five" (14).
March 7, 2017, 10:54 a.m.
Countries: Gambia
Variables: INFIB-DATA-1

"Type 2, the partial or total removal of the clitoris and the labia minora, with or without excision of the labia majora, was the most prevalent" (20).
Feb. 27, 2017, 5:43 p.m.
Countries: Ethiopia
Variables: INFIB-DATA-1

"The age at which FGM/C is performed depends on the ethnic group, type of FGM/C adopted, and the region. More than 52 percent of girls who undergo the procedure do so before age one. In the north FGM/C tends to be performed immediately after birth, whereas in the south, where FGM/C is more closely associated with marriage, it is performed later. Girls typically experienced clitoridectomies seven days after birth (consisting of an excision of the clitoris, often with partial labial excision) and infibulation (the most extreme and dangerous form of FGM/C) at the onset of puberty" (28). "The most prevalent harmful traditional practices other than FGM/C included uvula cutting, tonsil ...more
Feb. 15, 2017, 2:46 p.m.
Countries: Djibouti
Variables: INFIB-DATA-1

"Infibulation, the most extreme form of FGM/C, continued, although with declining frequency" (19).
Feb. 8, 2017, 2:41 p.m.
Countries: Cote D'Ivoire
Variables: INFIB-DATA-1

"The predominant form of FGM/C was Type II--removal of clitoris and labia--although infibulation also occurred" (21). "More than 50 percent of FGM/C is done before the age of five" (21).
Feb. 4, 2017, 12:47 p.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: INFIB-DATA-1

In Kenya, the percent of girls cut by health personnel has increased from 34% to 41% in the years from 1995 to 2008. The percent of girls cut by traditional practitioners has decreased from 62% to 58% in that time (110).
Feb. 4, 2017, 12:39 p.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: INFIB-DATA-1

In Egypt, the percent of girls cut by health personnel has increased from 55%-77% in the years from 1995 to 2008. The percent of girls cut by traditional practitioners has decreased from 42 to 22 in that time (109).
Feb. 3, 2017, 5:50 p.m.
Countries: Colombia
Variables: INFIB-DATA-1

"No accurate statistics existed regarding the practice, which generally includes types I and IV, according to the World Health Organization’s classification system" (39). "The tribe’s commitment continued, but on September 1, according to media reports, a six-month-old indigenous child of the Embera-Chami community of Antioquia died after an ablation surgery. In July 2014 an infant from the Embera-Chami tribe was taken to a public hospital with burns on her genitals" (39).
Feb. 2, 2017, 6:37 p.m.
Countries: Mauritania
Variables: INFIB-DATA-1

"In Mauritania, for example, most girls are cut during their first month of life" (85).
Jan. 31, 2017, 11:27 a.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: INFIB-DATA-1

"Female genital mutilation was outlawed in 2007" (para 15).
Jan. 30, 2017, 4:13 p.m.
Countries: Chad
Variables: INFIB-DATA-1

"Practitioners performed all three types of FGM/C--clitoridectomy, excision, and infibulation. Infibulation--the least common but most severe and dangerous type--was confined largely to the Eastern Region, which borders Sudan. FGM/C was performed prior to puberty, usually around age six, as a rite of passage" (17).
Jan. 26, 2017, 8:11 p.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: INFIB-DATA-1

"After Mayar Mohamed Mousa's twin sister finished her operation, it was the 17-year-old's turn to go under the knife. But this was not a medical operation to provide treatment -- it was mutilation to remove her clitoris" (para 1).
Jan. 24, 2017, 11:25 a.m.
Countries: Brunei
Variables: INFIB-DATA-1

"There were no statistics on the prevalence of FGM/C, but the government reported that in general it is done within 40 days of birth on the basis of religious belief, health, and custom. The Ministry of Religious Affairs has declared circumcision for Muslim women (sunat) a religious rite obligatory under Islam and described it as the removal of the hood of the clitoris (Type I per World Health Organization (WHO) classification)" (15).
Jan. 20, 2017, 4:47 p.m.
Countries: Mauritania
Variables: INFIB-DATA-1

"At least 80 per cent of cut girls in Somalia, Egypt, Chad and the Central African Republic had the proce- dure performed when they were between the ages of 5 and 14, while in countries such as Nigeria, Mali, Eritrea, Ghana and Mauritania, more than 80 per cent of cut girls experienced FGM/C before their fifth birthday" (47).
Jan. 20, 2017, 4:46 p.m.
Countries: Ghana
Variables: INFIB-DATA-1

"At least 80 per cent of cut girls in Somalia, Egypt, Chad and the Central African Republic had the proce- dure performed when they were between the ages of 5 and 14, while in countries such as Nigeria, Mali, Eritrea, Ghana and Mauritania, more than 80 per cent of cut girls experienced FGM/C before their fifth birthday" (47).
Jan. 20, 2017, 4:46 p.m.
Countries: Eritrea
Variables: INFIB-DATA-1

"At least 80 per cent of cut girls in Somalia, Egypt, Chad and the Central African Republic had the proce- dure performed when they were between the ages of 5 and 14, while in countries such as Nigeria, Mali, Eritrea, Ghana and Mauritania, more than 80 per cent of cut girls experienced FGM/C before their fifth birthday" (47).
Jan. 20, 2017, 4:46 p.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: INFIB-DATA-1

"At least 80 per cent of cut girls in Somalia, Egypt, Chad and the Central African Republic had the proce- dure performed when they were between the ages of 5 and 14, while in countries such as Nigeria, Mali, Eritrea, Ghana and Mauritania, more than 80 per cent of cut girls experienced FGM/C before their fifth birthday" (47).
Jan. 20, 2017, 4:45 p.m.
Countries: Central African Rep
Variables: INFIB-DATA-1

"At least 80 per cent of cut girls in Somalia, Egypt, Chad and the Central African Republic had the proce- dure performed when they were between the ages of 5 and 14, while in countries such as Nigeria, Mali, Eritrea, Ghana and Mauritania, more than 80 per cent of cut girls experienced FGM/C before their fifth birthday" (47).
Jan. 20, 2017, 4:45 p.m.
Countries: Chad
Variables: INFIB-DATA-1

"At least 80 per cent of cut girls in Somalia, Egypt, Chad and the Central African Republic had the proce- dure performed when they were between the ages of 5 and 14, while in countries such as Nigeria, Mali, Eritrea, Ghana and Mauritania, more than 80 per cent of cut girls experienced FGM/C before their fifth birthday" (47).
Jan. 20, 2017, 4:45 p.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: INFIB-DATA-1

"At least 80 per cent of cut girls in Somalia, Egypt, Chad and the Central African Republic had the proce- dure performed when they were between the ages of 5 and 14, while in countries such as Nigeria, Mali, Eritrea, Ghana and Mauritania, more than 80 per cent of cut girls experienced FGM/C before their fifth birthday" (47).
Jan. 20, 2017, 4:44 p.m.
Countries: Somalia
Variables: INFIB-DATA-1

"At least 80 per cent of cut girls in Somalia, Egypt, Chad and the Central African Republic had the proce- dure performed when they were between the ages of 5 and 14, while in countries such as Nigeria, Mali, Eritrea, Ghana and Mauritania, more than 80 per cent of cut girls experi- enced FGM/C before their fifth birthday" (47).
Jan. 20, 2017, 4:17 p.m.
Countries: Tanzania
Variables: INFIB-DATA-1

In Tanzania, of those girls and women who have undergone FGM, 1% have been cut/nicked with no flesh removed, 98% have been cut with flesh removed, and 2% have been sewn closed (47).
Jan. 20, 2017, 4:17 p.m.
Countries: Somalia
Variables: INFIB-DATA-1

In Somalia, of those girls and women who have undergone FGM, 5% have been cut/nicked with no flesh removed, 25% have been cut with flesh removed, and 63% have been sewn closed (47).
Jan. 20, 2017, 4:16 p.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: INFIB-DATA-1

In Sierra Leone, of those girls and women who have undergone FGM, 1% have been cut/nicked with no flesh removed, 70% have been cut with flesh removed, and 17% have been sewn closed (47).
Jan. 20, 2017, 4:16 p.m.
Countries: Senegal
Variables: INFIB-DATA-1

In Senegal, of those girls and women who have undergone FGM, 21% have been sewn closed (47).