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, FGM/C is performed by a woman with medical knowledge, other times, FGM/C is performed by practitioners or midwifes. The most common type is the cliteridectomy.

Yemen passed legislation banning FGM/C in 2001 and acceded to the ICESCR in 1987, to CEDAW in 1984 and ratified the CRC in 1991.


FGM/C Country of Origin Experts for Yemen

Dr Soheir Stolba


Dr Soheir Stolba is an applied anthropologist who has 28 years of experience in maternal/child health, family planning and reproductive health consulting. She has conducted a unique study on FGM/C in coastal areas of northern and southern Yemen, in cities and rural areas.  The study was funded by the Dutch Embassy and lasted about two and half years, resulting in raising awareness about the impact of FGM/C on family life. Many strategies were used to inform locals about the harmful health impact of FGM/C. The study utilised the media, conferences, physicians and midwives to advocate for a change to improve girls and women’s lives. Locals joined committees to give testimonies and to discuss the impact of FGM/C on their lives. Dr Stolba’s article on FGM/C is the only source of information on Takmeed, an FGM/C related practise.




We have no Anti-FGM/C Organisations in Yemen, but would welcome suggestions. Please contact us.