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Towards estimating the prevalence of female genital mutilation/cutting in Australia

Women's health Child health Girls Female genital mutilation Australia

The World Health Organization estimates that female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) affects over 200 million women and girls across the world.

This report indicates the potential number of women and girls living in Australia who may have undergone FGM/C. These numbers are modelled estimates only, calculated by combining international survey data with Australian population estimates.

While rudimentary, these estimates can provide insight into the potential extent of FGM/C in Australia. This can help health-care providers, community service providers and policymakers to ensure that appropriate services are available for girls and women who need support as a result of FGM/C. Increasing awareness of this complex global issue may also help to reduce the number of girls who undergo FGM/C in the future.

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