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Comparative Reports
Publication Topic(s)
Female Genital Cutting
Recommended Citation
Yoder, P. Stanley, and Shanxiao Wang. 2013. Female Genital Cutting: The Interpretation of Recent DHS Data. DHS Comparative Reports No. 33. Calverton, Maryland, USA: ICF International.
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Publication Date
September 2013
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This report presents data on female genital cutting collected by the Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS). The report provides readers with an overview of the nature of DHS data on Female Genital Cutting (FGC), a summary of current FGC prevalence statistics, trends in prevalence, and guidelines on the appropriate ways to interpret DHS data on FGC. The report updates and expands on the 2004 DHS publication entitled Female Genital Cutting in the Demographic and Health Surveys: A Critical and Comparative Analysis that appeared as No. 7 in the DHS Comparative Reports series. The 2004 report described the origin and evolution of questions on FGC in some detail within the DHS surveys from 1989 to 2002. This report provides all DHS data on FGC since 2002, as well as guidance on disaggregating and interpreting these data for a better understanding of patterns and trends observed in DHS data on FGC.


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