Peru

Population

32,749,161

2018 population growth rate

1.2%

Estimated prevalence among girls and women aged 15-49

Unknown. There is no national data collected on female genital cutting (FGC) in Peru. The practice is thought to be practised by the Conibos tribe, which has a population of approximately 20,000 people.


Type practised

The practice of “introcision” is reported to occur amongst the Conibos tribe in Peru.

According to an OHCHR fact sheet on harmful practices, introcision in Peru involves “an operation in which [a girl] is intoxicated and subjected to mutilation in front of her community. The operation is performed by an elderly woman, using a bamboo knife. She cuts around the hymen from the vaginal entrance and severs the hymen from the labia, at the same time exposing the clitoris. Medicinal herbs are applied, followed by the insertion into the vagina of a slightly moistened penis-shaped object made of clay.”

Source: OHCHR


Age

FGC is reported to take place at puberty.


Agent

Traditional practitioner.


Legal status

Legal.


Human Development Index ranking

89 in 2018 index, based on 2017 data.


Infant mortality rate

11.9 deaths per 1,000 live births (2016).


Maternal mortality rate

68 deaths per 100,000 live births (2015).

Source: Human Development Index


By region

FGC in Peru is thought to be contained to the north east region, where the Conibos tribe population is largely concentrated.

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