Sexual and reproductive health

Men’s and women’s perceptions of the relationship between female genital mutilation and women’s sexuality in three communities in Egypt

Social science policy brief

UNDP/UNFPA/WHO/World Bank Special Programme of Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction

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Publication details

Number of pages: 2
Publication date: 2010
Languages: English
WHO reference number: WHO/RHR/HRP/10.17 - Web only



The practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) is still widespread in Egypt, with 91% prevalence in 2008 (Demographic Health Survey (DHS)). The limited reduction in spite of many years of campaigns against the practice indicate a limited understanding of factors influencing decision-making. Particularly there is limited understanding of sexual concerns influencing the continuation or abandonment of FGM.

This study was therefore designed to understand and document local concepts and experiences of sexuality among Egyptian women in relation to FGM, and to investigate the links between FGM and marriageability, gender roles and sexual pleasure.