Facts and figures: Female genital mutilation in the Middle East and North Africa

February 2020

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UNICEF/MENA

Highlights

Harmful traditional practice and serious violation of human rights involving cutting, removing or sewing closed flesh female genital organs. FGM has severe short and long-term consequences

Short term: Can lead to death or serious health complications: hemorrhage, shock, infection, urine retention and severe pain

Long term: Can lead to severe complications in childbirth and chronic infections 

Affected girls are at increased risk of becoming child brides and dropping out of school

THE MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA ACCOUNTS FOR A QUARTER OF ALL FGM CASES GLOBALLY

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UNICEF MENA
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English, Arabic

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