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Indicator 5.3.2 Proportion of girls and women aged 15–49 years who have undergone female genital mutilation/cutting, by age

Proportion of girls and women who have undergone female genital mutilation/cutting.

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Source: NHS Digital

Geographical Area: England

Unit of Measurement: Percentage

Footnote: 1. Values between 1-7 are rounded to 5. All other values are rounded to the nearest 5. 2. Individuals refers to all patients in the reporting period where FGM was identified or a procedure for FGM was undertaken. Each patient is only counted once.

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Indicator available

Proportion of girls and women who have undergone female genital mutilation/cutting.

Indicator description

Proportion of girls and women who have undergone female genital mutilation/cutting.

Geographical coverage

England

Unit of measurement

Percentage

Definitions

Female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) refers to “all procedures involving partial or total removal of the female external genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons” (World Health Organization, Eliminating Female Genital Mutilation - An interagency statement, WHO, UNFPA, UNICEF, UNIFEM, OHCHR, UNHCR, UNECA, UNESCO, UNDP, UNAIDS, WHO, Geneva, 2008, p.4). The World Health Organisation defines the four types of female genital mutilation as follows - Type 1 - Partial or total removal of the clitoral glans (the external and visible part of the clitoris, which is a sensitive part of the female genitals, with the function of providing sexual pleasure to the woman), and/or the prepuce/clitoral hood (the fold of skin surrounding the clitoral glans). Type 2 - Partial or total removal of the clitoral glans and the labia minora (the inner folds of the vulva), with or without removal of the labia majora (the outer folds of skin of the vulva). Type 3 - (Often referred to as infibulation). Narrowing of the vaginal opening with the creation of a covering seal. The seal is formed by cutting and repositioning the labia minora, or labia majora. The covering of the vaginal opening is done with or without removal of the clitoral prepuce/clitoral hood and glans (Type I FGM). Type 4 - All other harmful procedures to the female genitalia for non-medical purposes, for example pricking, piercing, incising, scraping and cauterization.

Available disaggregations
Calculations

(Number of individuals with identified FGM/ Number of Women) * 100%

Other information

The period April to March is used to report annual data for the number of cases of FGM in England. Please note that individuals refers to all patiens in the reporting period where FGM was identified or a procedure for FGM was undertaken, and that therefore the year in which the case of FGM is reported may not be the same as the year in which FGM took place. In order to create percentages, mid-year estimates have been used from the year that covers the majority of the FGM reporting year; i.e. for the FGM reporting year 2014/15, 2014 mid-year estimates of population have been used. This indicator is being used as an approximation of the UN SDG Indicator. Where possible, we will work to identify or develop UK data to meet the global indicator specification. This indicator has been identified in collaboration with topic experts.

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This table provides information on metadata for SDG indicators as defined by the UN Statistical Commission. Complete global metadata is provided by the UN Statistics Division.

Indicator name

Proportion of girls and women aged 15–49 years who have undergone female genital mutilation/cutting, by age

Target name

Eliminate all harmful practices, such as child, early and forced marriage and female genital mutilation

Global indicator description
UN designated tier

Tier I

UN custodian agency

United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)

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Source 1

Organisation

NHS Digital

Periodicity

Annual

Earliest available data

2015

Geographical coverage

England

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Release date

25/07/2019

Next release

TBC

Statistical classification

Experimental Statistic

Contact details

enquiries@nhsdigital.nhs.uk

Other information

The data have been collated from the annual reports/the reports covering the period April to March.

Source 2

Organisation

Office for National Statistics (ONS)

Periodicity

Annual

Earliest available data

1838

Geographical coverage

England

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Release date

26/06/2019

Next release

01/06/2020

Statistical classification

National Statistic

Contact details

pop.info@ons.gov.uk

Other information