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Female genital mutilation decreasing in Egypt

Cross posted from Nature Middle East’s House of Wisdom blog.

A law passed in June 2007 that completely criminalized female genital mutilation (FGM) in Egypt may finally be decreasing the practice in Egypt, according to research published in the International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics.

Between 2000 and 2009, when the study period ended, the incidence dropped from 9.6% to 7.7%.

FGM has been a persistent problem in Egypt for decades. UNICEF puts the percentage of FGM performed on women in Egypt from 1997 to 2009 at 91% – one of the highest rates in the world. Most people perform it for cultural reasons rather than religious reasons. There has been several laws passed in the past to curb the practice, such as banning it from public hospitals, but it continued to be practiced elsewhere, especially in uncertified clinics.

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