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Iran

  FGM in Iran is not new. However, the scarce availability of data made it practically invisible, even for researchers who looked for evidence of its presence. On the one hand, the Government showed to be reluctant to admit its existence; on the other hand, civil society seemed to remain silent on the issue that …

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United States

  Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) occurs amongst members of migrant communities in the United States, even though it is considered a non-practising country. According to an article in the Guardian more than 500,000 women in the U.S. have undergone or are at risk of undergoing FGM/C. The US outlawed FGM/C with the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of …

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Thailand

  Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) may occur in Thailand, even though it is considered a non-practising country. There is, however, a report of FGM/C being performed in southern Thailand.  Thailand acceded to the ICESCR in 1999, to CEDAW in 1985, and to the CRC in 1992.    FGM/C Country of Origin Experts for Thailand Dr Claudia Merli Email: claudia.merli@durham.ac.uk Dr Claudia Merli is Lecturer …

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Ireland

  Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) occurs amongst members of migrant communities in Ireland, even though it is considered a non-practicing country. AkiDwA estimates that at least 3,780 women and girls living in Ireland have had FGM/C performed. In 2012 Ireland passed the Female Genital Mutilation Act, outlawing FGM/C both in Ireland extraterritorially to protect Australian residents from being …

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Yemen

  According to UNICEF, the prevalence of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) in Yemen is 23%. Terre des Femmes notes that the mother chooses whether or not to have their daughters cut. In 20% of cases older female relatives perform FGM/C on the forth day after birth, often with scissors or razor blades. In 10% of cases, …

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Tanzania

  According to the 2010 Tanzania Demographic and Health Survey, 15% of women aged from 15 to 49 have undergone Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) in the United Republic of Tanzania. The prevalence of FGM/C, however, varies greatly by region with a reported FGM/C prevalence ranging from less than 1% in regions such as Lindi, Mtwara, Shinyanga …

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Uganda

  According to UNICEF, the prevalence of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) in Uganda is 1%. 82% of girls and women who have had FGM/C performed want it to end. Terre des Femmes notes that prevalence is 95% in the north and north east of Uganda. It is members of the Kalenjin ethnic group living in the areas …

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Sudan

  According to UNICEF, the prevalence of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) in Sudan is 88 % and performed by health care professionals (nurses, midwife, other health workers) more often than by traditional practitioners. Terre des Femmes notes that FGM/C prevalence varies according to the region, with a prevalence of 99,4 % in the north and a …

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Somalia

  According to UNICEF, the prevalence of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) in Somalia is 98%. 63% of girls experienced infibulation. About 80% girls were cut between the ages of 5 and 14 and 33% of girls and women think the practise of FGM/C should end.  Terre des Femmes notes that both traditional practitioners and medical professionals perform …

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Nigeria

  According to UNICEF, the prevalence of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) in Nigeria is 27%, and 80% of those who experience FGM/C before their 5th birthday. Terre des Femmes notes that FGM/C prevalence varies among Nigeria’s geopolitical zones. While in the northeast only 4% of girls and women are affected, 48% are affected in the southwest. …

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