Prevalence of Female Genital Mutilation #FGM

Map showing prevalence of fgm in Africa and the Middle East

Martin Kramer writes:

Here’s a map of the prevalence of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C), in a new UNICEF report (, pdf). Egypt is near the top in Africa (incidence is 91%, and more Egyptian women, 27.2 million, have been subjected to FGM/C than any other nationality). But does FGM/C really stop at Suez? Or is it just a lack of statistics further east? A recent study shows 25% incidence among Arab women in Kirkuk (, and the figure was 38% in a recent Saudi and Kuwaiti obstetrics study ( It all strongly suggests that the practice is far more widespread in the Arab East than this map indicates.


Martin Kramer is President of Shalem College in Jerusalem. Website:




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