2 thoughts on “FGM: progress in Africa”

  1. Thank you for covering this important and disturbing subject. I think it is an area where normal statistical analysis does not apply. While we can be encouraged by the fall In overall numbers, each individual case is a tragedy we cannot and should not hide with comforting percentages.
    You say rightly that it happens in the U.K. I volunteer for the Red Cross in their refugee work in the Portsmouth area. We have cases of women deliberately trafficked to Britain to act as ‘cutters’ when here, and also other women, pressed to become practitioners against their will by false promises of help to remain in the U.K.
    If you look for FGM you can find it, but we must look harder in our near communities if we are to make human rather than statistical progress.

  2. Thanks for this important update. While FGM is still widely practised, even almost universal in some areas of Somalia, Sudan and also Egypt as you point out, there are considerable misconceptions about its prevalence in Yemen where it is actually rare. It takes place among certain minority groups and regions. Overall it is estimated to affect between 10 and 20% of women, more likely closer to 10% and is found mainly in the Tihama and minority groups in some other areas. it does not happen in the Highlands. Yemenis have more than enough problems to deal with as it is, no need to make things look even worse than they already are……

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