By Sarah Keane • 22 November 2020 • 12:55
THOUSANDS of girls in Spain are at risk of genital mutilation
The Female Genital Mutilation in Spain study, conducted by the Fundació Wassu-UAB, found that the threat of genital mutilation has increased by 5% in the last four years, meaning that some 3600 girls under the age of 14 are at risk of undergoing ablation. The practice mainly affects girls from Nigeria, Senegal, Gambia, Guinea and Ghana.
According to the report, promoted by the Government delegation against Gender Violence, there are currently 15,562 girls living in Spain between 0 and 14 years old from countries where female genital mutilation (FGM) is usually practiced.
However, the director of the Fundació Wassu-UAB, Adriana Kaplan doesn’t believe that the actual procedure of genital mutilation is carried out on Spanish soil.
“If it happened it would be known, due to the complications that usually derive from the intervention of very prolonged school absenteeism,” Kaplan said.
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Former teacher and health services manager with a Degree in English, Sarah moved to Spain from Southern Ireland with her husband, who runs his own car rental business, in 2019. She is now enjoying a completely different pace and quality of life on the Costa Blanca South, with wonderful Spanish and expat friends in Cabo Roig. Sarah began working with Euro Weekly News in 2020 and loves nothing more than bringing all the latest national and international news to her local community.
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