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Latest items for INFIB-DATA-2

March 13, 2021, 4:47 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: INFIB-DATA-2

"The Committee is also concerned that the number of women and girls who have undergone or are at risk of female genital mutilation is on the rise" (9).
Feb. 15, 2021, 10:54 p.m.
Countries: Somalia
Variables: INFIB-DATA-2

"Somalia’s coronavirus lockdown has led to a huge increase in female genital mutilation (FGM), with circumcisers going door to door offering to cut girls stuck at home during the pandemic, according to Plan International.The crisis is undermining efforts to eradicate the practice in Somalia, which has the world’s highest FGM rate, with about 98% of women having been cut, the charity warned" (para 1-2). "The UNFPA, which estimates 290,000 girls will be cut in Somalia in 2020, said the spike was also linked to Ramadan, which is a traditional time for girls to be cut" (para 12).
Feb. 15, 2021, 10:42 p.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: INFIB-DATA-2

“A 2015 government survey found that 87 per cent of Egyptian women and girls aged between 15 and 49 have been circumcised” (para 5).
Feb. 13, 2021, 7:35 p.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: INFIB-DATA-2

“Izevbekhai v. Ireland (17 May 2011 (decision on the admissibility)): The applicant and her two daughters claimed the girls risk female genital mutilation if the family was returned to Nigeria, in violation of Article 3 (prohibition of inhuman or degrading treatment) of the Convention. They alleged that the mother’s eldest daughter died aged one from profuse bleeding after female genital mutilation was performed by an ‘elder’. The family left Nigeria for Ireland in the face of pressure from the father’s family to perform female genital mutilation on the two younger girls. Their request for asylum was unsuccessful. The Court declared the application inadmissible as being manifestly ill-founded. It found in...more
Feb. 4, 2021, 10:51 p.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: INFIB-DATA-2

“A 2015 government survey found that 87 per cent of Egyptian women and girls aged between 15 and 49 have been circumcised” (para 5).
Jan. 31, 2021, 1:58 p.m.
Countries: Angola
Variables: INFIB-DATA-2

“In the activities carried out throughout the country by the provincial governments and by national agencies, no cases of female genital mutilation or acts of violence against women of the San Community were identified. None of the studies carried out, including the Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) 2001 and the Integrated Survey on the Well-being of the Population (IBEP) 2008–2009, found any cases of female genital mutilation being performed or any community reports of cases” (pp. 24).
Jan. 30, 2021, 8:17 p.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: INFIB-DATA-2

"The Pokot are a tribe that live across Kenya and Uganda, where about 750,000 speak the native language. Their tribal rituals and customs evolved from a need to ensure the survival of the family in an often harsh environment, but are viewed as increasingly outdated. Of the 750,000 Pokot speakers, only around 35,000 are thought to practice a tribal lifestyle, not all of whom subscribe to FGM" (para 32-34).
Jan. 1, 2021, 2:57 p.m.
Countries: Tanzania
Variables: INFIB-DATA-2

"Female genital mutilation was outlawed in Tanzania in 1998, and yet a 2010 government survey found that in remote parts of the Mara region, more than 40 percent of girls and women had been cut" (para 27).
Nov. 9, 2020, 5:33 p.m.
Countries: Somalia
Variables: INFIB-DATA-2

“Women's rights groups openly worry that the coronavirus pandemic and related travel restrictions in Somalia have worsened violence against women and female genital mutilation…Nearly all Somali women and girls have been subjected to that practice” (para 16-17).
Oct. 29, 2020, 11:01 a.m.
Countries: Russia
Variables: INFIB-DATA-2

"UNICEF, the United Nations' children's organization, estimates that over 200 million women have undergone FGM in more than 30 countries around the world" (para 9).
Sept. 4, 2020, 4:06 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: INFIB-LAW-1, INFIB-DATA-2

“Earlier this month [March 2020], the movement against female genital mutilation (FGM) claimed two victories in the U.S. Vermont and Wyoming have both banned FGM! In Wyoming, we worked closely with the bill sponsor, Representative Dan Laursen, by encouraging him to sponsor the bill, reviewing draft language, and helping to navigate through to its successful passage. Together in both states, over 1,000 girls are now protected against FGM thanks to stronger protections solidified in law” (para 2).
Aug. 12, 2020, 3:12 p.m.
Countries: Mauritania
Variables: INFIB-PRACTICE-1, INFIB-DATA-2

"The country's general code on children's protection criminalizes female genital mutilation (FGM); however, according to the United Nations, it is still prevalent, particularly in rural communities" (para 22).
Aug. 10, 2020, 3:27 p.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: INFIB-DATA-2

“The number of court cases on FGM varies across countries. In Kenya, the special unit for investigating FGM cases opened in 2014 following the ban in 2011 and has prosecuted seventy-six cases in its first two years” (para 13).
Aug. 10, 2020, 3:27 p.m.
Countries: Burkina Faso
Variables: INFIB-DATA-2

“The number of court cases on FGM varies across countries. . . Burkina Faso is increasingly recognized as one of the few countries where FGM legislation is effectively and systematically enforced. In 2016, the government of Burkina Faso reported to the CEDAW Committee that, according to the data of all regional courts of Burkina Faso in 2009, 241 persons were convicted for violating the law prohibiting FGM” (para 13).
Aug. 10, 2020, 3:27 p.m.
Countries: Gambia
Variables: INFIB-DATA-2

“The number of court cases on FGM varies across countries. . . In The Gambia, there have been two cases relating to FGM since the law was adopted in late-2015; one case involved a five-month-old baby who died as a result of FGM in Sankandi Village” (para 13).
July 15, 2020, 6:44 p.m.
Countries: Somalia
Variables: INFIB-DATA-2

"An estimated 200 million girls and women worldwide have undergone FGM, which is practiced in at least 27 African countries and parts of Asia and the Middle East" (para 2). "But other countries, such as Somalia, saw increases in the practice during pandemic-induced lockdowns. Somalia has the world's highest FGM rate, with about 98% of women having been cut" (para 4-5). "Allin said women’s organizations have reported dramatic increases in the number of FGM operations. The procedure is forced on thousands of girls every year for no medical purpose" (para 9).
July 14, 2020, 5:04 p.m.
Countries: Sudan
Variables: INFIB-DATA-2

"The United Nations estimates that nearly nine in 10 Sudanese women have been subjected to the most invasive form of the practice, which involves the partial or total removal of external female genitalia and leads to health and sexual problems that can be fatal" (para 2).
July 14, 2020, 4:59 p.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: INFIB-DATA-2

"Yet prosecutions are rare, and the operations continue quietly, with 70 percent of Egyptian women between 15 and 49 having been cut, mostly before they reach the age of 12, according to the United Nations" (para 9).
July 10, 2020, 6:18 p.m.
Countries: Finland
Variables: INFIB-DATA-2

"There are currently as many as 3,000 girls in Finland who face the risk of being subjected to female genital mutilation or FGM, according to an analysis released by the National Institute for Health and Welfare on Friday. The THL data indicate that more than 10,000 girls and women resident in Finland have undergone the procedure" (para 1-2). "'In addition there are another estimated 650 to 3,000 girls living in Finland who are at risk of circumcision,' said THL specialist Mimmi Koukkula of the agency’s children and families unit" (para 3). "So far, Finnish authorities have not systematically gathered any data on FGM on women and girls in the country....more
July 2, 2020, 4:57 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: INFIB-DATA-2

"More than 1,845 girls and women at risk of FGM in Kentucky now have a law to help protect them from this abuse" (para 1).
June 14, 2020, 9:12 a.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: INFIB-DATA-2

"The dangerous procedure [breast ironing] has been employed against 1,000 women and girls" (para 1). "As many as 1,000 women and girls in this country are feared to have been forced to undergo the painful and dangerous procedure, which involves having their chests pressed down with a hot stone to delay breast formation" (para 7). "One activist claimed she knew of as many as 20 recent cases in Croyden alone, and said: 'It's usually done in the UK, not abroad like FGM'" (para 13). "Anti-FGM campaigner and psychotherapist Leyla Hussein said she had spoken to five women in her North London clinic who were all British citizens and had all...more
June 10, 2020, 11:25 a.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: INFIB-DATA-2

"FGM is not a culturally accepted practice in Afghanistan and there are no reports of it being practised" (2)
May 26, 2020, 1:52 p.m.
Countries: Russia
Variables: INFIB-DATA-2

"Each year more than 1,200 girls undergo genital cutting in the Northern Caucasus and religious authorities in the region support the practice, arguing it promotes women's chastity, according to Stichting Justice Initiative."
May 22, 2020, 2:41 p.m.
Countries: Sri Lanka
Variables: INFIB-DATA-2

"For decades, female genital mutilation (FGM) has been practiced in Sri Lanka. However, to those outside the practicing communities, this information elicits shock and disbelief. Secrecy about FGM in Sri Lanka is both imposed and internalised. Women who have experienced FGM strongly fear retaliation for speaking out. There is a lack of freedom to discuss, question and explore alternative views within practicing communities...Based on personal testimonies of women, our work shows that FGM is practiced within the Moor, Malay and Dawoodi Bohra ethnic communities in Sri Lanka. The practice appears to vary regionally, and there are clerics who denounce FGM, those who promote it, and also those that say it...more
May 22, 2020, 1:56 p.m.
Countries: Jordan
Variables: INFIB-DATA-2

"Female genital cutting (FGC) is only known to be practised in the city of Rahmah, which has a population of approximately 500 people. There is little information on FGC in Jordan, however a small scale study carried out by the Jordan Times, ‘Female circumcision still haunts Jordanian tribe in southern Jordan’ (1999) suggested that 100% of women have been cut" (para 1-2).
May 22, 2020, 11:31 a.m.
Countries: Brunei
Variables: INFIB-DATA-2

"The Ministry of Religious Affairs in Brunei has declared female circumcision to be ‘sunat’, or an obligatory religious rite for Muslim women, involving the removal of the clitoral hood" (para 2)
May 22, 2020, 9:38 a.m.
Countries: Albania
Variables: INFIB-DATA-2

After extensive research, there is no evidence that FGM is a practice of concern in Albania (MAD - CODER COMMENT)
May 15, 2020, 7:15 p.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: INFIB-DATA-2

"20% of women age 15-49 are circumcised" (466). " Overall, the proportion of women who are circumcised decreased from 25% in 2013 to 20% in 2018" (466). "The prevalence of circumcision seems to be decreasing in Nigeria. Only 14% of women age 15-19 have been circumcised, as compared with 31% of women age 45-49" (467). "In Nigeria, female circumcision occurs mostly during infancy; 86% of women age 15-49 were circumcised at less than age 5" (468). "Women less than age 25 are more likely than women age 45-49 to have been circumcised before age 5 (91%-92% versus 79%)" (468). "Eighty-one percent of daughters have not been circumcised, while 17% were...more
April 30, 2020, 12:34 p.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: INFIB-DATA-2

"Last year, a UNICEF survey showed 91% of Egyptian women between the ages of 15-49 said they had to undergo female genital mutilation" (para 14).
March 29, 2020, 6:41 p.m.
Countries: Maldives
Variables: INFIB-DATA-2

The table titled "Sustainable Development Goals Indicators" shows that the proportion of girls and women aged 15-49 who have undergone female genital cutting is 12.9 (xxix). "Thirteen percent of women age 15-49 in the Maldives are circumcised. The prevalence of female circumcision increases steeply with age of the woman" (265). "Eighty-three percent of circumcised women age 15-49 were circumcised before age 5 and the remainder largely could not report an age" (265). "According to their mothers, only 1% of girls age 0-14 are circumcised. Girls are more likely to be circumcised if their mothers are circumcised, compared with daughters of uncircumcised women" (265). "Patterns by background characteristics: 1) The prevalence...more