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Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
2001
  

2001

The State Department has, over the past several years, obtained information on the practice of FGM from U.S. embassies in countries where it is commonly practiced. The report that follows, prepared by the Office of the Senior Coordinator for International Women's Issues, includes much of this information.

The report also provides general background information on FGM, as well as on what the U.S. Government is doing to help eliminate this practice. In addition to the laws criminalizing FGM in countries where it is commonly practiced, the report also includes information on the laws of countries where immigrants who traditionally practice FGM have frequently settled. Finally, the report includes recommendations on how the U.S. Government can best continue its efforts to help eliminate this practice.

At the end of this report is a chart summarizing the estimated prevalence of FGM in countries where it is commonly practiced. The chart also shows the type of FGM practiced, the ethnic groups or areas that practice it and the presence or absence of legislation outlawing it. The chart further lists the outreach groups working to inform and educate the public about the harmful health effects of the practice with the ultimate goal of eradication.

Prepared by the Office of the Senior Coordinator for International Women's Issues, Office of the Under Secretary for Global Affairs, U.S. Department of State, February 1, 2000. Updated June 27, 2001.

--  A. Background
--  B. FGM Procedures
--  C. Prevalence of FGM
--  D. Country-Specific Responses
--  E. The International Response
--  F. U.S. Government Policy
--  G. Recommendations
--  I. Laws/Enforcement in Countries where FGM is Commonly Practiced
--  J. Laws in Countries Where Immigrants from Countries Practicing FGM Now Reside
--  K. Chart: Overview of Practice of Female Genital Mutilation
--  L. Bibliography

  
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