Prevalence of women and girls affected by FGM in Belgium
The last prevalence study focused on the situation as of December 31, 2012. It had shown a doubling of prevalence in 5 years with an estimate of 13,112 girls and women already undergone FGM and 4,084 at risk (5).
These past two years, the Belgium had to deal with a migration crisis with an influx of Iraqi and Syrian families and African families from Somalia and Eritrea, countries with a high prevalence of FGM. A new study is needed to update the data that will better target the actions of the services involved in the protection of girls and the support of women already affected by FGM.