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Female genital mutilation: the situation in Africa and in France


  • Armelle Andro
  • Marie Lesclingand


Between 100 and 140 million women worldwide have undergone female genital mutilation (FGM). While most live in sub-Saharan Africa, 5% live in African immigration countries of Europe and North America. In regions where FGM is performed, the situation varies from country to country. In some, Guinea for example, the practise is widespread and 96% of women are concerned, while in others, such as Niger, it is rare (2% of women). The prevalence of FGM is declining in these countries however. An estimated 50,000 women with FGM were living in France in 2004. A survey will be conducted to find out more about the health consequences of these mutilations and to address them more effectively.

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  • Armelle Andro & Marie Lesclingand, 2007. "Female genital mutilation: the situation in Africa and in France," Population and Societies 438, Institut National d'Études Démographiques (INED).
  • Handle: RePEc:idg:posoce:438

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    1. Andro, Armelle & Cambois, Emmanuelle & Lesclingand, Marie, 2014. "Long-term consequences of female genital mutilation in a European context: Self perceived health of FGM women compared to non-FGM women," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 106(C), pages 177-184.

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