Traditionally, female genital mutilation is practised in africa, the middle east and asia in some countries (including egypt, somalia and sierra leone) it affects more than 90% of the female. Female genital mutilation (fgm) is a practice involving the removal of all or parts of the female external genitalia it has been documented in 28 african countries and in some countries in asia and the middle east, but due to increasing immigration from these countries to the western world, fgm has become a worldwide human rights and health issue. True, egypt is part of the african continent but, from a cultural, historical, and political perspective, egypt has closer ties to the arab middle east than to sub-saharan africa egypt was a founding member of the arab league, and egyptian president gamal abdel nasser came to personify arab nationalism between 1952 until his death in 1970. Middle east changing minds about genital mutilation in iraqi kurdistan high rates of female genital mutilation set iraqi kurdistan apart from the rest of the country.
Female genital mutilation (fgm) by fran p hosken 150 million girls and women mutilated in africa-middle east the number of mutilated women and girls in africa and the middle east is increasing steadily due to population growth, according to the latest estimates published by win news. And yet, information on the procedure - practiced widely in parts of africa, the middle east and asia - has long been patchy, usually analyzed only on a country-by-country basis. Female genital mutilation in africa, the middle east & far east summary: female genital mutilation (fgm) is a destructive, invasive procedure that is usually performed on girls before puberty. The world medical association statement on female genital mutilation, oct 1993: the world medical association condemns the practice of genital mutilation including circumcision where women and girls are concerned and condemns the participation of physicians in the execution of such practices.
Many international groups are concerned about fgc, which is practiced extensively in parts of africa and the middle east and is linked to infections, infertility, and childbirth complications. In a 2006 file photo, a woman holds a card in her lap about the problems with female genital mutilation (fgm) during a session to educate women in minia, egypt. While prevalence rates are highest in countries in africa, asia, and the middle east, it also occurs in parts of latin america as well as immigrant populations in western europe, north america, and australia. Middle east/north africa today an egyptian court convicted two people of carrying out female genital mutilation (fgm) these are the first convictions for fgm since egypt criminalized the. The practice is mainly centered in 30 countries in africa, asia and the middle east, but fgm cases have been reported in the united states in recent years the world health organization has.
More than 200,000,000 girls and woman have undergone female genital mutilation and cutting (fgm/c) in 30 high prevalence countries, mainly in africa, south asia, and the middle east it is estimated that 30 million girls under the age of 15 are at risk of fgm/c over the next decade [ 1 . The campaign against fgm in the middle east & asia is three years old now our first aim was to get the message out that female genital mutilation (fgm) exists not only in africa, but also in many countries in the middle east and asia. But in general, it is an entrenched practice in parts of 29 countries across africa, as well as smaller areas of the middle east and asia it is mostly carried out on girls sometime between. Countries with the highest prevalence rates are in the african continent and in the middle east, but fgm also occurs in asia, australia, latin america, new zealand, north america and western europe. Female genital mutilation comes in very many different forms, from the practice of just drawing one ceremonial drop of blood to horrific mutilations to just treat them as only female and all in.
Female genital mutilation by country at least 200 million girls and women belonging to 30 countries alive today have underwent female genital mutilation a campaign against female genital mutilation - a road sign near kapchorwa, uganda. More than 200 million girls and women alive today have been cut in 30 countries in africa, the middle east and asia where fgm is concentrated fgm is mostly carried out on young girls between. Female genital mutilation is illegal in egypt, having been banned in 2008, but a report in 2010 estimated that over 90 percent of women in the country had still been subjected to the practice. Millions of women and girls in africa and the middle east are at risk of some form of female genital mutilation or cutting (fgm/c) every year on 24 november 2005 unicef's innocenti research centre will release a report providing new figures on just how many are affected, detailing the countries.
While unicef currently works in 22 countries on the elimination of fgm/c, since 2008 unfpa and unicef have collaborated on the unfpa-unicef joint programme on female genital mutilation/cutting: accelerating change , which now extends to 17 of those countries in west, east and north africa among the largest programmes on the issue, unfpa and. It is estimated that more than 130 million girls and women alive today have undergone fgm, mainly in africa and some middle eastern countries , and two million girls a year are at risk of mutilation. Less than ten years ago, there was only anecdotal evidence of the existence of female genital mutilation in countries of the middle east, in central and south east asia officially, it was considered an african problem with both governments and the united nations denying its existence in asia. About three-quarters of women and girls in burkina faso have undergone circumcision, but only 9% favour the practice, according to un children agency unicef africa live: more on this and others.
It's estimated that around 125 million women in africa and the middle east have been subjected to female genital mutilation but, in some places, the tide is turning sofia barbarani visits the. Female genital mutilation (fgm), also known as female genital cutting (fgc), is practised in 30 countries in western, eastern, and north-eastern africa, in parts of the middle east and asia, and within some immigrant communities in europe, north america and australia. The cut: exploring fgm at least 200 million girls and women alive today have undergone female genital mutilation it's a practice most prevalent in africa, the middle east and asia, but it. The who estimates that, around the world, between 100 and 132 million girls and women have been subjected to female genital mutilation each year, a further 2 million girls are estimated to be at risk.