EGYPT: 97% OF MARRIED WOMEN UNDERGO GENITAL MUTILATION
(ANSAmed) - CAIRO, JUNE 27 - A total 97% of the married
Egyptian women has suffered genital mutilation, and the area
where this practice is most frequent (99%) is in the
governorship of Qena, in the south of the country.
In Matrouh, on the Mediterranean coast towards Libya, the
lowest percentage (25%) is registered. According to the study
'National Project Against Female Circumcision', held by the
Minister of Health in cooperation with the United Nations DAG
Programme, the percentage is lower in the urban centres (94.6%),
higher in the country (98.8%), while in the Sinai it decreases
to 37%, Egyptian independent daily 'Al Masri el Yom' reports.
Among uneducated women, 99.1% have suffered the circumcision;
among educated women (secondary school or university), the
percentage gets down to 94%.
The percentage of women in favour of the circumcision is 85%
in Upper Egypt compared to 50% in the North; 50% of the educated
women and 87.5% of the uneducated women are also in favour.
Two days ago the Chief Mufti of Egypt said that the "harmful
tradition of the female circumcision is prohibited by Islam",
after the death of an 11-year old girl following an excessive
dose of anesthetic given during the operation.
The wife of the Egiptian president, Suzanne Mubarak, who is
in charge of the government's consulting commission for
Maternity and Childhood, launched today a "national campaign
against female circumcision". (ANSAmed).