Huge decrease in female circumcision in Egypt

97 percent of the young Egyptian women were circumcised in 1985, whereas it was 70 percent in 2015. That is good news for UNFPA in Copenhagen.

By Mette Højmark Mikkelsen

A recent UN report states that at least 200 million females in 30 countries have undergone female circumcision. Egypt is one them, but the Middle Eastern country has experienced a massive decrease in these incidents.

UNFPA in Copenhagen is happy about that, as fighting female circumcision is one of their aims.

Female circumcision has been illegal in Egypt since 2008. Recently the government proposed harder punishments for perpetrators of the practice. Today the punishment is between 3 months and 2 years, but the government wants it to be 5 to 7 years. The parliament will have to pass the law.

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