A new report from the United Nations Children’s Fund, or UNICEF, finds that in Indonesia 60 million women and girls have undergone some form of mutilation. That’s pushed the worldwide total to almost 200 million women who’ve endured the practice.
Indonesia, Egypt and Ethiopia are the top three countries for FGM and there’s debate over how much the practice is encouraged by Islam.
Dr Dina Afrianty from the Institute for Religion, Politics and Society spoke on ABC radio about this controversial topic. She is the author of Women and Shariah Law in Northern Indonesia.