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Latest items for INFIB-DATA-2

June 14, 2019, 4:05 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: INFIB-DATA-2

"According to human rights groups and media reports, between 70 and 90 percent of Dawoodi Bohras, a population of approximately one million concentrated in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan, and Delhi, practiced FGM/C" (38).
June 14, 2019, 2:55 p.m.
Countries: Nigeria

"According to a 2008 World Health Organization study, 29.6 percent of girls and women ages 15 to 49 had undergone FGM/C, and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reported in 2013 that 14 percent of girls from newborn to age 14 had undergone FGM/C. The age at which women and girls were subjected to the practice varied from the first week of life until after a woman delivered her first child. Most victims were subjected to FGM/C before their first birthday. The highest prevalence among adult women was in the South (77 percent), followed by the Southeast (68 percent) and Southwest (65 percent), and was practiced on a smaller scale in...more
June 12, 2019, 1:03 p.m.
Countries: Niger

"The law prohibits FGM/C, which is punishable by six months to three years in prison. If an FGM/C victim dies, the practitioner may be sentenced to 10 to 20 years in prison. There were no reports of FGM/C perpetrated on women age 18 and over. FGM/C was practiced on young girls, with clitoridectomy the most common form. Dangouria, a form of FGM/C found only in Niger, was also common. It consists of cutting away the hymen of newborn girls by traditional barbers known as wanzam. Certain ethnic groups practiced FGM/C, predominantly the Peuhl and Djerma in the west. According to the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the FGM/C rate nationwide decreased...more
June 4, 2019, 11:11 a.m.
Countries: Benin
Variables: INFIB-DATA-2

"The practice was largely limited to remote rural areas in the north. According to the UNICEF, 7 percent of girls and women ages 15 to 49 underwent FGM/C" (p. 14).
June 3, 2019, 11:41 a.m.
Countries: Togo
Variables: INFIB-DATA-2

"According to UNICEF 2015 data, FGM/C had been performed on 3 percent of girls and women between ages 15 and 49 and on 1 percent of girls and young women ages 15 to 19" (p. 11).
May 28, 2019, 5:40 p.m.
Countries: Yemen
Variables: INFIB-DATA-2

"The 2013 Demographic and Health Survey (DHS), administered by the Ministry of Public Health and Population, found that 19 percent of all women aged 15-49 had undergone some form of FGM/C. In some coastal areas influenced by cultural practices from the Horn of Africa, such as Mahara and al-Hudaydah, FGM/C practitioners had subjected up to 90 percent of women reportedly to FGM/C" (36).
May 27, 2019, 9:09 p.m.
Countries: Burkina Faso
Variables: INFIB-DATA-2

"Of the 49 cases of FGM/C recorded during the year, there was only one case in which the victim was more than 30 years old. For the remaining cases, the victims’ age range from 30 months to 15 years" (P. 17).
April 29, 2019, 12:59 p.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: INFIB-DATA-2

"'Economic Opportunity for Gender-based Violence' study has revealed that FGM is one of the most widely spread VAW phenomena among women, with nine out of every 10 women between the age of 18 and 64 years old, 89.5% of the women participated in the study, have been subject to FGM" (11).
April 24, 2019, 11:38 a.m.
Countries: Singapore
Variables: INFIB-DATA-2

"Type I (as classified by the World Health Organization) female genital mutilation/cutting was practiced among a small portion of the Muslim population" (p. 19).
April 22, 2019, 7:33 a.m.
Countries: United Arab Emirates
Variables: INFIB-DATA-2

"The practice was rare and confined to foreign residents" (p. 24).
April 20, 2019, 8:40 p.m.
Countries: Spain
Variables: INFIB-DATA-2

"As of July 31, police in Catalonia investigated four cases of FGM/C" (p. 12).
April 9, 2019, 12:57 p.m.
Countries: Iran
Variables: INFIB-DATA-2

"FGM was reportedly most common in Hormozgan Province and also practiced in Kurdistan, Kermanshah, and West Azerbaijan provinces. According to a Radio Farda report in February, 46 percent of women in Kermanshah Province and 31 percent in West Azerbaijan Province had undergone FGM. Traditional midwives were said to perform approximately 98 percent of the mutilations" (34).
April 4, 2019, 3:14 p.m.
Countries: Oman
Variables: INFIB-DATA-2

"There were no reliable statistics on the prevalence of FGM/C, but some reports suggested it was practiced" (14).
April 1, 2019, 7:42 a.m.
Countries: Netherlands
Variables: INFIB-DATA-2

"The only women in the Netherlands who are victim of FGM/C are immigrants from countries where the practice is prevalent, according to a 2013 government-funded study. Eighty percent of these women are from Egypt, Somalia, Ethiopia/Eritrea, and Kurdish Iraq. An estimated 40 to 50 girls were at risk of becoming victims each year, but only when they returned to their home countries" (p. 11).
March 31, 2019, 3:59 p.m.
Countries: Russia

"Local NGOs in Dagestan reported that FGM/C was occasionally practiced in some villages" (47).
March 29, 2019, 5:33 p.m.
Countries: Malawi
Variables: INFIB-DATA-2

"In most cases FGM/C was performed on girls between ages 10 and 15" (para 84).
March 20, 2019, 7:36 a.m.
Countries: Australia
Variables: INFIB-DATA-2

"FGM/C occurred infrequently… During the year the Australian Pediatric Surveillance unit at Westmead Children’s Hospital in Sydney reported that pediatricians and health officials saw nearly 60 girls with FGM/C since 2010, many having undergone the most severe form of FGM/C" (p. 12).
March 19, 2019, 7:13 a.m.
Countries: Germany
Variables: INFIB-DATA-2

"In February the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women, and Youth estimated in a study that 50,000 women in the country were victims of FGM. The study further stated that this number reflected an increase of one-third compared with 2014 and traced the increase to the number of refugees coming from Eritrea, Iraq, Somalia, Egypt, and Ethiopia" (p. 17).
March 18, 2019, 7:25 a.m.
Countries: France
Variables: INFIB-DATA-2

"According to the Ministry of Gender Equality, 53,000 victims resided in the country. The majority were recent immigrants from sub-Saharan African countries where the procedure was performed. According to the Group against Sexual Mutilation, 350 excisions were performed in the country each year" (p.18).
March 14, 2019, 3:31 p.m.
Countries: Norway
Variables: INFIB-DATA-2

"The Committee is nevertheless concerned that: (a) There are currently no reliable statistics on the number of women who have been subjected to forced marriage or female genital mutilation" (6)-
March 8, 2019, 7:07 a.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: INFIB-DATA-2

"No cases of FGM/C were brought to court in 2016, and there was no concrete evidence that FGM/C occurred in the country" (p. 14 - 15).
March 7, 2019, 11:23 a.m.
Countries: Mauritania
Variables: INFIB-DATA-2

"FGM/C was practiced by all ethnic groups to varying degrees and performed on young girls, often on the seventh day after birth and almost always before the age of six months. Excision was the most severe form of FGM/C practiced. The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF’s) 2013 report estimated the prevalence among women at 69.4 percent, its prevalence among girls ages five to 18 at 54.8 percent, and its prevalence among girls under five at 46.6 percent" (page 17).
March 5, 2019, 2:35 p.m.
Countries: Malaysia
Variables: INFIB-DATA-2

"A 2012 university study on FGM/C reported more than 90 percent of the Muslim women respondents said they were circumcised" (23).
Feb. 26, 2019, 2:21 p.m.
Countries: Colombia

"The law prohibits FGM/C, but isolated incidents were reported in several indigenous communities" (29).
Feb. 26, 2019, 6:11 a.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: INFIB-DATA-2

"Approximately 90% of women between the ages of 15 and 49 in Sierra Leone have been subjected to female genital mutilation (FGM)" (para. 6).
Feb. 8, 2019, 4:42 p.m.
Countries: Mali
Variables: INFIB-DATA-2

"FGM/C is legal in the country and, except in certain northern areas, all religious and ethnic groups practiced it widely, particularly in rural areas. Parents generally performed FGM/C on girls between the ages of six months and nine years. The most recent comprehensive FGM/C survey, conducted by UNICEF in 2010, indicated 89 percent of girls and women ages 15 to 49 were excised, and 74 percent of girls and women in the same age group had at least one daughter who was excised. Government information campaigns regarding the dangers of FGM/C reached citizens throughout the country, and human rights organizations reported decreased incidence of FGM/C among children of educated parents"...more
Feb. 6, 2019, 2:48 p.m.
Countries: Liberia

"The law does not specifically prohibit FGM/C, although the government maintained that a 2011 law protecting children against all forms of violence also proscribes FGM/C. FGM/C is often performed during initiation into women’s secret Sande societies. Given the sensitivity of the topic, FGM/C surveys typically eliminate direct reference to FGM/C and instead ask respondents about initiation into a women’s secret society, making it difficult to ascertain actual prevalence rates. According to a 2013 demographic health survey, 49.8 percent of girls and women ages 15-49 had undergone the procedure. FGM/C was common and traditionally performed on young girls of northern, western, and central ethnic groups, particularly in rural areas and in...more
Feb. 1, 2019, 2:36 p.m.
Countries: Ethiopia
Variables: INFIB-DATA-2

"Sixty-five percent of women age 15-49 are circumcised. The prevalence of female circumcision is highest in Somali (99%) and lowest in Tigray (23%)" (315).
Nov. 17, 2018, 1:43 p.m.
Countries: Burkina Faso
Variables: INFIB-DATA-2

"More than 30 people suspected of performing and aiding the female genital mutilation (FGM) of dozens of young girls have been arrested in Burkina Faso, the Associated Press reported on Tuesday...The arrests follow earlier reports of approximately 50 girls being hospitalized in the country after undergoing FGM in Kaya, a city just north of the capital, Ouagadougou" (para 1, 2). "FGM is a cultural practice — not a religious one — believed to preserve a female’s 'purity' and make her a more appealing marriage prospect and globally more than 200 million women and girls have undergone FGM, according to the World Health Organization" (para 3). "Approximately 76% of women and...more
Oct. 29, 2018, 10:59 a.m.
Countries: Gambia
Variables: INFIB-DATA-2, AOM-DATA-2

"No data has been collected on FGM or child marriage since they were outlawed, the U.N. children's agency UNICEF said, so there is no evidence to prove the laws were respected under Jammeh or that they are now being widely broken. Before the bans, about 75 percent of girls in Gambia were cut and 30 percent married before the age of 18, UNICEF says" (para 15-16).