Female genital mutilation in Kurdistan on the decline: survey

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Iraqi women – UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

The results from a survey on female genital mutilation in the Kurdistan region of northern Iraq show that the practice is in decline, according to the UN's Children Fund (UNICEF).

Female genital mutilation (FGM) involves intentionally altering or injuring a woman's genital organs for non-medical reasons.

The survey, the first ever of its kind in the region, highlights the root causes of FGM, which are reinforced by religious, social and cultural perceptions.

It covered 827 households across Erbil and Sulimaniyeh Governorates, revealing that mutilation rates among women in northern Iraq increase with age.

This indicates that fewer girls among younger generations have been subjected to the brutal practice.

Dr. Marzio Babille, UNICEF's Iraq Representative said all Iraqis should have pride in the declines in mutilation practices and continue the remarkable work to achieve its complete elimination.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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