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.
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.”