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Aug. 17, 2021, 2:50 p.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: INFIB-DATA-2

"UNICEF data from 2014, the most recent available, reported that nine of 10 women and girls had undergone the procedure" (p 18). "The FSU reported that of six recorded cases of FGM/C during initiation of girls under 18 years of age between January and August, four were investigated, but no charges were filed" (p 18).
July 29, 2021, 9:33 a.m.
Countries: Somalia
Variables: INFIB-DATA-2

"It was when the phone started ringing with calls from worried mothers in Somalia that Ifrah Ahmed knew she was making an impact. The women told her their daughters had been bleeding for hours after undergoing female genital mutilation and asked what to do. Ahmed told them to seek medical attention, and probably saved lives by doing so. The mothers called because they had heard the story of a 10-year-old girl who had bled to death after being cut in central Galmudug state in July 2018. It was the first confirmed death in years in a country where any complications arising from FGM are generally denied and it gained worldwide...more
July 29, 2021, 9:33 a.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: INFIB-DATA-2

"Between 2007 and 2019, the prevalence of FGM in Sierra Leone – as a proportion of women and girls who have been subjected to the practice – dropped from 98% to 86%, she said, adding that the next generation, who are more informed, are starting to rebel against parents who say they should be cut. 'It’s a very serious issue here so that is why we are going on a rampage to let people know, so they don’t fall into the same trap as their elders.' There is still a long way to go. 'We are up against quite a huge and broad mandate with the sustainable development goals being...more
July 21, 2021, 10:38 a.m.
Countries: Somalia
Variables: INFIB-DATA-2

"While Somalia has the world’s highest FGM prevalence, with 98% of women having been cut, Egypt has the greatest number of women who have undergone it, according to UNICEF" (Para 12).
July 21, 2021, 10:36 a.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: INFIB-DATA-2

"Nearly 90% of Egyptian women and girls aged between 15 and 49 have undergone FGM, according to a 2016 survey by the U.N. Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and the ritual is practised widely by both Muslims and Christians despite the 2008 ban" (Para 2). "While Somalia has the world’s highest FGM prevalence, with 98% of women having been cut, Egypt has the greatest number of women who have undergone it, according to UNICEF" (Para 12).
July 20, 2021, 6:33 p.m.
Countries: Sudan
Variables: INFIB-DATA-2

"According to United Nations data, almost 90 percent of women and girls in Sudan have undergone FGM, usually involving the partial or total removal of the labia and the clitoris" (Para 18).
July 12, 2021, 1:42 p.m.
Countries: Mali
Variables: INFIB-DATA-2

"Nine out of 10 women and girls in Mali have undergone the ancient ritual, which usually involves the partial or total removal of the external female genitalia and can cause serious health problems, according to the United Nations" (para 2). "'We have made several calls to Mali for the past 18 years urging it to honour its national, regional and international obligations to protect girls and women from this harmful practice,' said Faiza Mohamed, Equality Now's Africa director. 'However, this remains to be done and we can no longer sit still as thousands of girls and women in Mali continue being subjected to FGM,' she added in a statement" (para...more
July 1, 2021, 2:35 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: INFIB-DATA-2

"Washington is the state with the highest number of women and girls estimated to be at risk or to have undergone the practice that still lacks a state-level FGM ban. The Population Reference Bureau estimates 25,000 women and girls in the state are at risk" (para 22).
June 25, 2021, 11:51 a.m.
Countries: Uganda
Variables: INFIB-DATA-2

"According to UNICEF statistics from February 2016, 1 percent of women under age 50 had undergone FGM/C" (p 29).
June 23, 2021, 9:09 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: INFIB-DATA-2

The figure entitled "More than 5,000 new FGM cases a year in UK, stats suggest" reads "Figures produced by the NHS in 2017 suggested there may be more than 5,000 new victims of FGM in the UK each year. NHS Digital produced stats of cases which were spotted by nurses or doctors around the country. Around half of the recorded cases were in London, with a third involving girls or women born in Somalia. It is thought the majority of cases involved mutilation abroad" (para 20).
June 23, 2021, 8:46 p.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: INFIB-DATA-2

"Much of society remains permissive of FGM, which is widely practised by both Christians and Muslims. A 2016 survey by the U.N. Children's Fund showed an astonishing 87 per cent of Egyptian women and girls aged between 15-49 had undergone FGM" (para 9-10).
April 30, 2021, 8:17 p.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: INFIB-DATA-2

"Still, Eltahawy finds encouragement in the new openness in discussing sexual pleasure and desire—subjects that, in a country where more than 87 percent of women between the ages of 15 and 59 have been subject to genital cutting, which deprives women of vaginal sensations, hardly warranted a mention in the past" (para 18).
April 26, 2021, 11:49 a.m.
Countries: Italy
Variables: INFIB-DATA-2

"Italy now holds the sad record of European country with the highest number of female infibulations, mostly among women of Somali or Nigerian origin" (94).
April 26, 2021, 11:01 a.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: INFIB-DATA-1, INFIB-DATA-2

"The Kenya Demographic Health Survey (KDHS, 2014) report observed that about 87 percent of Kenyan women who have undergone FGM had a cut and their flesh was removed while nine percent had their genital area sown. In addition, 28 percent of women aged 20-24 who have been subjected to FGM in Kenya were cut when they were between five to nine years old" (para 11).
April 20, 2021, 5:05 p.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: INFIB-PRACTICE-1, INFIB-DATA-2

"A report prepared by the Senate's Health and Population Committee said 'the practice of female genital mutilation is still one of the worst crimes in Egypt and so laws should be amended to impose harsher penalties to this crime'" (para 18).
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).