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June 28, 2018, 4:51 p.m.
Countries: Tanzania
Variables: INFIB-DATA-2

"The high prevalence of harmful practices, including . . . female genital mutilation (in some regions)" (page 5).
June 1, 2018, 5:56 p.m.
Countries: France
Variables: INFIB-DATA-2

"According to the Ministry of Social Affairs, Health, and Women’s Rights, during 2014, approximately 20,000 women, half of whom were minors, were circumcised or at risk of FGM/C. According to a study released in 2007 by the National Institute for Demographic Studies (INED), 53,000 circumcised women resided in the country. The majority of FGM/C victims were recent sub-Saharan African immigrants who had had the procedure performed in their country of origin" (17).
May 31, 2018, 2:35 p.m.
Countries: Tanzania
Variables: INFIB-DATA-2

"Ten percent of women age 15-49 have been circumcised, a decline from 18% in the 1996 TDHS. FGC/M prevalence in rural areas is more than double that in urban areas. The highest percentages of circumcised women are in Manyara and Dodoma regions (58% and 47%, respectively) . . . Thirty-five percent of circumcised women age 15-49 were circumcised before age 1 and 28% were circumcised at age 13 or older. According to their mothers, less than 1% of girls age 0-14 are circumcised. Girls are more likely to be circumcised if their mothers were circumcised" (page 357). "One in 10 women in Tanzania have been circumcised (Table 16.2). The most...more
May 29, 2018, 7:53 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: INFIB-DATA-2

"The NHS in England recorded 5,391 new cases of female genital mutilation (FGM) in the past year, data reveals. Almost half involved women and girls living in London, NHS Digital found. A third were women and girls born in Somalia, while 112 cases were UK-born nationals." (para 1-3).
May 29, 2018, 7:49 p.m.
Countries: Ireland
Variables: INFIB-DATA-2

"During the year there were no reported cases of FGM/C" (12).
May 15, 2018, 10:03 a.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: INFIB-DATA-2

"The Committee recalls its previous concluding observations (CEDAW/C/NGA/ CO/6, para. 21) and reiterates its concern that, notwithstanding the measures taken by the State party to combat female genital mutilation, including the adoption of the Violence against Persons (Prohibition) Act in 2015, this harmful practice continues to be prevalent. The Committee is particularly concerned that the Act, which proscribes female genital mutilation, applies only in the Federal Capital Territory and not in those federal states in which female genital mutilation is prevalent" (8).
April 11, 2018, 9:23 a.m.
Countries: Burkina Faso
Variables: INFIB-DATA-2

"According to the Demographic and Health Survey (EDS) 2010, excision is still more widespread in rural than in urban areas, while the percentage of excised women is highest in the Centre-Est, Nord, Centre-Nord and Plateau-Central regions (respectively, 90, 88, 87 and 88 per cent). The rate of excision is broken down by age as follows: age 0-14, 13 per cent; under 5, 4.7 per cent; age 5-9, 14.2 per cent; age 10-14, 25 per cent; and age 15-49, 76 per cent. Statistics for 2011 show 92 women or girls victims of genital mutilation (MASSN, 2011)" (18).
March 20, 2018, 1:29 p.m.
Countries: Gambia
Variables: INFIB-DATA-2

"The Committee remains deeply concerned that the practice of female genital mutilation remains widespread, affecting the vast majority of girls and women. While noting that the State party accepted a recommendation in the context of the universal periodic review in 2015 to adopt and implement effective legislation aimed at banning the practice, the Committee is concerned that the State party has adopted no time frame to implement the recommendation. The Committee urges the State party: (a) To expedite the adoption of legislation criminalizing female genital mutilation, prosecute and adequately punish those responsible, and compensate victims; (b) To raise awareness among health practitioners regarding female genital mutilation and the remedies and...more
Feb. 28, 2018, 5:36 p.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: INFIB-DATA-2

"The Kenya Demographic and Health Survey (KDHS) 2008/2009 indicates that 27.1 per cent of women surveyed are circumcised, a decline from 32 per cent in 2003. The KDHS also indicates that a higher proportion of rural women (30.6 per cent) than urban women (16.5 per cent) have been circumcised and further indicates a marked decline in prevalence between generations" (15).
Feb. 16, 2018, 9:12 a.m.
Countries: Oman
Variables: INFIB-DATA-2

"the Committee is concerned that female genital mutilation is not specifically criminalized and continues to be practised widely in the State party" (6).
Feb. 14, 2018, 11:45 a.m.
Countries: Palestine
Variables: INFIB-DATA-2

"Female genital mutilation and other traditional practices that are harmful to women’s health are not carried out in Palestine" (52).
Jan. 30, 2018, 6:23 p.m.
Countries: Australia
Variables: INFIB-DATA-2

"On November 13, media reported that a jury had found a mother guilty of FGM/C of her two daughters during ceremonies in Wollongong and Sydney between 2009 and 2012. Another woman was also found guilty and a sheikh was found guilty after the fact. Sentencing was scheduled for February 5, 2016. It was the country’s first FGM/C trial. In 2013 the government held a national summit on FGM/C and subsequently announced a National Compact on Female Genital Mutilation. In 2013 the government announced it would provide A$1 million ($710,000) for 15 new projects aimed at ending FGM/C among Australians whether they lived domestically or abroad" (14-15). The report indicates that...more
Jan. 25, 2018, 9:09 a.m.
Countries: Thailand
Variables: INFIB-DATA-2

"NGOs reported that FGM/C occurred in the Muslim-majority south, although statistics were unavailable" (36-37).
Jan. 13, 2018, 7:51 a.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: INFIB-DATA-2

"Ralyea, a nurse practioner who lives in Humboldt Park, is one of the estimated tens of thousands of women in Illinois who have undergone or are at risk for what the U.S." (para 5). "In Illinois, there are about 10,000 to 25,000 women and girls who have been cut or are at risk of being cut, according to the Washington-based Population Reference Bureau. Nationwide, 513,000 women and girls born into families who practice the tradition or who immigrated from those countries were at risk of female genital mutilation in 2012, more than double the number in 2000, according to the CDC, a rise attributed to an increase in immigration from...more
Dec. 21, 2017, 1:44 p.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: INFIB-DATA-2

According to a table, in Iraqi Kurdistan 8% of women have been cut" (Slide 5). "It is estimated that 9 per cent of Iraq's women [in Kurdistan], aged between 15 and 49 have been subjected to FGM/C" (Slide 12).
Dec. 21, 2017, 1:44 p.m.
Countries: Yemen
Variables: INFIB-DATA-2

According to a table, 24% of women have been cut. This data was gathered by the Ministry of Health and the Committee of Women. (Slide 5). "FGM/C prevelance rates among ever married women aged 15-49 is 23%" (Slide 10).
Dec. 21, 2017, 1:44 p.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: INFIB-DATA-2

According to a table, 92% of women between the ages of 15 and 49 who had ever been married had been cut. This statistic came from the DHS in 2014 (slide 5). In Egypt according to DHS 2014 [there was] a decrease of FGM/C in the age group (15-17) from 74% to 61% (Slide 24).
Dec. 21, 2017, 1:44 p.m.
Countries: Sudan
Variables: INFIB-DATA-2

According to a table and a Multiple Indicators Survey, 86% of women in Sudan have been cut (Slide 5). "Sudan has one of the highest rates of (FGM/C) for girls and women aged 15-49 in the world" (slide 8).
Dec. 14, 2017, 10:18 a.m.
Countries: Uganda
Variables: INFIB-DATA-2

"FGM is practiced by approximately 1 percent of the Ugandan population. Yet among the Sabiny, Pokot and Tepeth communities, in Uganda’s east and north-east, the prevalence is more than 90 per cent" (para 8).
Dec. 13, 2017, 10:51 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: INFIB-DATA-2

"In July 2016, the first-ever recorded figures for the number of FGM cases in England were released, showing that from April 2015 to March 2016, 5,702 cases were documented in England alone, according to NHS Digital, formerly known as the Health and Social Care Information Center, a government body. (Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland have not collected figures on rates of FGM separately.) The highest rate of FGM is occurring in London, according to a City University London report in 2015. Most of the women and girls in the time frame of April 2015 to March 2016 were cut abroad, primarily in Africa, but 43 were born in Britain, with...more
Dec. 13, 2017, 10:32 p.m.
Countries: Somalia
Variables: INFIB-DATA-2

"Somalia has the world’s highest rate of FGM with 98 percent of women between 15 and 49 having been subjected to the potentially deadly ritual" (para 2).
Oct. 30, 2017, 6:39 p.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: INFIB-DATA-2, RCDW-PRACTICE-1, RCDW-LAW-1

"She [Fatima Imam] addresses the challenges facing Nubian women, foremost among them the issue of genital mutilation, women's weak position in political affairs and the absence of a Nubian feminist movement in the public space, as well as the Islamization of society through the imposition of abayas (loose overgarments) on women. Speaking on all of the above, Fatima said, 'Wahabi culture and ideas from the Gulf have led to the Islamization of society, because many Nubians have traveled to live in the Gulf and have returned carrying Gulf ideas'"(para 18)
Oct. 26, 2017, 11:20 a.m.
Countries: Russia
Variables: INFIB-PRACTICE-1, INFIB-DATA-2

"In some Dagestani villages, they also suffer genital mutilation"(para 4)
Oct. 11, 2017, 4:10 p.m.
Countries: Somalia
Variables: INFIB-DATA-2

"In addition, 97 per cent of Somali women and girls are subjected female genital mutilation" (para 10).
Oct. 11, 2017, 3:22 p.m.
Countries: Malaysia
Variables: INFIB-DATA-2

"Female genital mutilation - removal of external female genitalia for non-medical purposes - continues to be widely practiced" (para 22).
Aug. 29, 2017, 9:29 a.m.
Countries: Canada
Variables: INFIB-DATA-2

"Women from a small Muslim sect called the Dawoodi Bohras have reported that female genital mutilation has been performed on them in Canada, a study given to the federal government reveals. The first research of its kind to probe the practice within this tightly knit South Asian community, the study found that 80 per cent of Bohra women surveyed have undergone FGM and two of the study’s 18 Canadian participants said it happened within Canada’s borders" (para 1-2).
Aug. 15, 2017, 7:56 p.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: INFIB-DATA-2

"In a remote, deeply traditional corner of southern Kenya, thousands of young Maasai girls wearing black and white robes and with blood sprinkled on their foreheads dance in the light of dawn. Loudly, enthusiastically, they sing traditional songs with the support of a choir and gifted drummers. In the town of Entasopia, the girls are undergoing a rite of passage that resembles the tribe’s customary coming-of-age ceremony—but without the usual horror of genital mutilation"(para 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...more
Aug. 7, 2017, 2:57 p.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: INFIB-DATA-2

"CNN reported back in 2015 that genital mutilation is a problem for millions of schoolgirls in Egypt, with as many as 92 percent of married Egyptian women between the ages of 15 to 49 having been subjected to the medically dangerous practice" (para 8).
July 31, 2017, 7:22 a.m.
Countries: India
Variables: INFIB-DATA-2

"Although Patwa and others describe it as a widespread practice, it’s not universally performed among the Bohra. Sahiyo, a Mumbai-based organization that campaigns against the procedure, estimates that about 80 percent of girls within the community have had it done" (para 16).
July 31, 2017, 7:22 a.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: INFIB-DATA-2

"Patwa, who is part of the activist group Speak Out on FGM, said that given its clandestine nature, it’s hard to estimate how many people perform female circumcisions in the U.S. But there are a small number in the Bohra community who are known by elders and tend to be clustered around large cities with Bohra mosques, she said. When many Bohra girls are age 6 to 8, their parents approach — or are approached by — a 'secret network' of female elders about getting the girls cut. There is then an informal vetting process to make sure a request is legitimate and not an attempt to expose any activities,...more