Iraq Information

Iraq FGM Information

Prevalence of FGM: 8% (Women 15-49) 4.9% (Girls 15-18) (DHS, 2011)

Most common types: Type 1

Common ages practiced: 0-9 years (Medium Age of FGM: 9 Years)

Regional information: Kurdistan (North) – 77.9% in Suleymaniya, 81.2% in Garmyan and New Kirkuk, and 63.0% in Arbil, it is merely 7.0% in Dohuk (

Practicing ethnic groups: Kurdish, Arabic and Turkmen.

Terminology: ‘Khatana’ (Circumcision)

FGM law in Iraq: Illegal in Kurdistan region

 (All information has been sourced from UNICEF and The Orchid Project, WADI)