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Despite Being Illegal, FGM Continues In Egypt Because Of Social Pressures

The Guardian: In Egypt, social pressure means FGM is still the norm
“…FGM has been illegal in Egypt since 2008. … [But] in 2008, UNICEF estimated that 91 percent of married Egyptian women aged between 15 and 49 had been mutilated — 72 percent of them by doctors. In fact, the rate is so high in the country that ‘if we were able to eradicate FGM in Egypt, we could get rid of one-fourth of the cases worldwide,’ says Jaime Nadal, the U.N. Population Fund’s (UNFPA) representative in Cairo…” (Kingsley, 2/6).

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