There is currently no statistical information about how many girls and women living in Malta have undergone FGC. The practice is not indigenous to Malta, however FGC has been known to continue within some diaspora, refugee and immigrant populations.
The type of FGC practised by communities in Malta is likely to be varied, depending on the traditions surrounding the practice within their ethnic group/country of heritage.
The average age at which girls living in Malta have undergone FGC is unknown. Girls at risk may undergo FGC from birth, approximately up until the age of 16, depending on the traditional age of cutting within a specific ethnic group.
Varied. Girls living in Malta may be at risk of undergoing the practice within the country, or overseas. This could be carried out by a medical practitioner, or by a traditional cutter.
Illegal. Malta introduced a law against FGC in January 2014. It is also illegal to take a girl overseas to undergo the practice.
29 in 2018 index, based on 2017 data.
5.9 deaths per 1,000 live births (2016).
9 deaths per 100,000 live births (2015).
Source: Human Development Index
At least 3.9 million girls around the world are currently at risk of being cut every year.
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