Valencia report two COVID-19 positives    Scottish Premiership at risk of shutdown after player breaks quarantine    Lebanon's leaders warned in July about explosives at port: Documents    United boss Solskjaer hoping for semi-final success at third attempt    Belarusian challenger flees to Lithuania amid protests    Egyptian Takaful Insurance negotiating with Egypt Trust to activate e-signature for transactions    UK determined to work with France to stop small boat crossings    Egypt to announce its commodities exchange before August-end: minister    Egyptians start vote in Senate elections amid tight preventative measures against coronavirus    Egypt's EDA clinches deal to automate drug distribution process    U.S. sends 250 ventilators to support Egypt's Covid-19 efforts    174 new coronavirus cases recorded on Monday – ministry    Isolation hospitals in Egypt to reopen for second wave of coronavirus    Pentagon offers military airwaves for 5G wireless networks    Egypt reports 174 new coronavirus cases, 26 deaths on Monday    Egypt's parliamentary committee approves French grant to improve food wholesale trade markets    Britain records 816 confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Monday    Art Alert: Egyptian singer Medhat Saleh to perform at Cairo Opera    Brazil facing continued pressure in coronavirus fight, says WHO    Netflix Egypt released its teaser images of Arabic original series, Ma Waraa Al Tabiaa    Algeria's gas exports to fall sharply in 2025: Minister    Sisi calls on Lebanon to unite, avoid disputes and regional conflicts    Fire breaks out near Lebanese parliament amid clashes with protesters: TV    Trump signs measure to provide extra $400 for unemployed Americans    After Microsoft known intentions, Twitter expressed interest in buying TikTok's U.S. operations    Egypt puts in place scheme ahead of Senate elections – ministry    Shooting heard at scene of demonstrations in central Beirut    Egyptian expats to vote for Senate elections by mail starting Sunday    Call for submissions for Egypt's 'Golden Talent' competition for people with special needs    Don't miss the concerts of Boghdady Jazz Big band    African Champions League final will be played on Oct. 16-17, CAF says    Egypt invites Tesla's founder to visit Giza Pyramids after controversial tweets    Sisi: Egypt favours negotiations over a military solution to resolve Nile dam crisis: Al-Sisi    No room to delay Egyptian Premier League games – EFA's board member    Egypt Cup games to resume after Premier League finishes: EFA    The Facebook Preacher's Search for Fame, and Egypt's Economy    Egypt's efforts in Libya to activate free will of Libyan people: Al-Sisi    Egypt calls on UNSC to address oil spill risks off Yemen coast    Egypt economically strong in face of COVID-19, reforms ongoing: International Cooperation Minister    Arafa Holding reports $144,000 COVID-19-related losses in April    Hyksos campaigns were internal takeover, not foreign invaders: study    COVID-19 affects Egypt sporting clubs    COVID-19 will soon turn to seasonal like swine flu: Presidential Health Advisor    ‘Egypt's Support' coalition convenes to discuss its Senate election list    Robbery attempt leads to discovery of Ptolemaic monuments in Qena    Flouting international guidance, Ethiopia unilaterally starts filling its Nile dam    Google ‘translate' ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs    Zaha speaks out after online racial abuse    







Thank you for reporting!
This image will be automatically disabled when it gets reported by several people.





Healthcare professionals conduct 80% of FGM in Egypt: UNFPA
COVID-19 has had no direct impact on child marriage or FGM rates
Published in Daily News Egypt on 08 - 07 - 2020

An estimated 8 in 10 girls in countries such as Egypt and Sudan who undergo female genital mutilation (FGM) have the procedure done in healthcare professionals' offices, according to Luay Shabaneh, Regional Director for Arab States in United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
He added that estimated 52 million women and girls worldwide have had FGM performed on them by doctors, nurses, or midwives.
Shabaneh explained that 200 million girls and women alive today have undergone FGM in 31 countries. A total of 55% of women and females aged between 15-19 years old in Arab countries have undergone FGM during the period from 2004 to 2018. Shabaneh noted that FGM is more widespread in rural areas than in urban areas.
His remarks, on Wednesday, came on the sidelines of a UNFPA virtual press conference to launch the State of World Population 2020 report.
The report, entitled "Against My Will", examines the origin and extent of harmful practices around the world, and the steps that must be done to stop them.
Shabaneh said that the report focused on three harmful practices, namely child marriage, FGM, and gender-biased sex selection that sees a preference placed on sons leading to abortions of female foetus'.
He added that child marriage and FGM are widespread in Arab world, while the preference for sons is widespread in only some Arab countries.
Shabaneh explained that the report is based on the premise that nine out of every ten people are biased against women worldwide, with gender inequality leading to many harmful practices.
"The prevalence of child marriage in the Arab world stands at 20%, commensurate with the 20% reported worldwide," Shabaneh said, "This is not a good indicator, as in developed countries it does not exceed 3%."
Shabaneh added, "Child marriage affects the rate of female enrolment in education, so we need to maintain the enrolment of girl's in education as much as we reduce child marriage."
Shabaneh revealed that, due to the preference for sons when giving birth, over 140 million females are considered ‘missing' today, not only due to gender-biased sex selection, but also due to post-natal sex selection. In terms of Arab states, a total of 1,400 females were considered missing in Tunisia during the period from 2013 to 2017.
"COVID-19 has had no direct impact on the rates of child marriage or FGM, but it has impacted the reproductive health services presented to women," Shabaneh said. "Perhaps if this situation continues, there will be an impact on the future of these issues."
He stressed the necessity of investing into the judicial and health approach to these issues, noting that all social issues in the Arab society can be solved.
In order for these solutions to be effective, Arab governments must focus on an agenda for the region as an input in addressing social issues.
In a speech, Haifa Abu-Ghazaleh, Assistant Secretary-General of the Arab League, said that the regional report's launch comes at when the world is witnessing a delicate and exceptional period.
Abu-Ghazaleh attributed this to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, which has implications for society, especially women, girls and children, and what is related to them. She noted that it is a highly sensitive topic that requires cooperation with countries to address it as a key priority for development.


Clic here to read the story from its source.