The struggle for abandonment of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) in Egypt

Glob Health Promot. 2009 Mar;16(1):57-60. doi: 10.1177/1757975908100752.


This commentary describes a visit to the Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting project in Cairo. FGM/C is a very serious problem in Egypt and other countries in the North of Africa. Among girls between the age of 15-17, 77% have been cut, with very serious health consequences. In Egypt, there is a comprehensive strategy led by very enthusiastic employees of the National Council for Childhood and Motherhood with support of UNICEF. At a national level a broad coalition is being built that tries to mobilise the legal, medical and media communities to overcome the practice of FGM/C and realising adequate laws that criminalise FGM/C.At a local level two community projects were started in 160 villages in Upper and Lower Egypt for raising community awareness and dialogue on FGM/C. That is the only way to create a growing social movement that can collectively abandon the practice of FGM/C.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Attitude to Health
  • Circumcision, Female*
  • Culture
  • Egypt
  • Female
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
  • Health Policy
  • Health Promotion / methods*
  • Humans
  • Religion and Medicine
  • Religion and Sex
  • Social Values*
  • United Nations
  • Women's Rights