A Statistical Study to Estimate the Prevalence of Female Genital Mutilation in England and Wales

After identifying countries in which FGM is practised and from which there is significant migration to England and Wales, published data about the prevalence of FGM in those countries was identified. This data was then applied to Census and birth registration data for England and Wales obtained from the Office for National Statistics.

Data Collection


Efua Dorkenoo; Linda Morison; Alison Macfarlane

Year of data collection


Prevalence data on FGM

The largest population groups from practising countries residing in England and Wales were from Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Somalia and Uganda. The estimated number of women resident in England and Wales in 2001 who had been subjected to FGM was 65,790. The highest estimated numbers of women with FGM were from Kenya and Somalia. The estimated number of maternities to women victims of FGM increased by 44 per cent from 6,256 in 2001 to 9,032 in 2004.


Foundation for Women’s Health, Research and Development (FORWARD), www.forwarduk.org.uk/download/96