Friday, March 25, 2016

The Telegraph: Almost 70m more women than previously thought are estimated to have undergone FGM

To read the entire item from February 5, at the Telegraph website, kindly click on the link:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/health/almost-70m-more-women-than-previously-thought-are-estimated-to-h/?sf20405930=1

Almost 70m more women than previously thought are estimated to have undergone FGM


At least 200 million girls and women in 30 countries are estimated to have undergone female circumcision – half of them in Egypt, Ethiopia and Indonesia, the U.N. children's agency said in a report released on Thursday night.
The UNICEF statistical report said the global figure includes nearly 70 million more girls and women than it estimated in 2014. It said this is due to population growth in some countries and new data from Indonesia.
The U.N. General Assembly unanimously approved a resolution in December 2012 calling for a global ban on female genital mutilation, a centuries-old practice stemming from the belief that circumcising girls controls women's sexuality and enhances fertility. One of the targets in the new U.N. goals adopted last September calls for the practice to be eliminated by 2030.