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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

In 2008, 94% of married women in Egypt had experienced female genital mutilation. Believe it or not, that's progress

Robyn Urback in The National Post:

...While the percentage of married women reported to have experienced FGM/C (female genital mutilation/circumcision) was still a whopping 94% in 2008, according to the most recent Egyptian Demographic Health Survey (DHS), that figure was down from 97% in 2000. It is expected that the next DHS report, anticipated in 2014, will show further progress. In 2008, the prevalence of FGM/C among girls 10-18 was 50.3%, a number that is projected to fall as those girls marry and have children of their own.

There are still considerable obstacles to overcome, not least of which is the Muslim Brotherhood’s defence of the violent practice...

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