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UNICEF to release major report on Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting on July 22

All materials under embargo until EST 11:00 a.m. 22 July 2013

Who: Geeta Rao Gupta, UNICEF Deputy Executive Director, Claudia Cappa, author and UNICEF Statistics and Monitoring specialist, Francesca Moneti, UNICEF Senior Child Protection Specialist.

What: A press conference to release the results of a three-year long study, funded in part by the European Union, on global data about FGM/C. The report, published by the UNICEF statistics and monitoring section, will present data gathered over the past 20 years to draw the most complete picture of FGM/C ever published. The report will include both trends and attitudes around the practice.  

When: Monday, 22 July, 10:00 am to 11:00 a.m.

Where: National Press Club, 529 14th Street, Washington DC

Background Information

Drawing on data from more than 70 national surveys over a period 20 years, the new report presents the most comprehensive compilation to date of statistics and analyses on FGM/C. Its findings are expected to be critical to work to support the elimination of the practice. The report examines the prevalence and support for the continuation of the practice across countries, including breakdowns into some regions and ethnic groups within countries. Data show prevalence according to socio-economic, demographic and other variables, and highlights trends. The publication covers all the 29 countries in Africa and the Middle East where FGM/C is concentrated, with new survey data from countries such as Iraq, which had no previous data on FGM/C. The report contains some unique perspectives, as data explores the role of social norms and social expectations surrounding the practice.

The 29 countries are:  are Benin; Burkina Faso; Cameroon; Central African Republic; Chad; Cote d’Ivoire; Djibouti; Egypt; Eritrea; Ethiopia; Gambia; Ghana; Guinea; Guinea-Bissau; Iraq; Kenya; Liberia; Mali; Mauritania; Niger; Nigeria; Senegal; Sierra Leone; Somalia; Sudan; Togo; Uganda; United Republic of Tanzania; and Yemen.
The event will be broadcast at: www.visualwebcaster.com/unicef

Attention broadcasters and webmasters:  Hi rez versions of the charts and graphs, along with b-roll will be available at:  http://weshare.unicef.org/MediaResources

For further information, or for b-roll, please contact:

Kate Donovan, UNICEF Media, Tel: + 1 917 378 2128 e-mail: kdonovan@unicef.org
Peter Smerdon, UNICEF Media, Tel:  +1 212 303 7984 e-mail:  psmerdon@unicef.org




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