COUNTRY CONTEXT – CY

Facts and figures

Given the current lack of a unified national database on FGM in Cyprus, data for this report were collected from four sources (Future World Centre, the Asylum Service of the Ministry of Interior, the UNCRC’s Hope for Children and the Outpatient Department of Makarios III Hospital). Data provided cover the period 2013 to March 2016.

Future World Centre (FWC) has registered the greatest number of cases of FGM in Cyprus via its Unit for Rehabilitation of Victims of Torture, which provides psychological support to affected women. The Unit has supported 32 FGM-affected women since 2013, from Somalia (28), Ivory Coast (one), Guinea (one), Sudan (one) and Nigeria (one) (FWC, March 2016). The Asylum Service has identified ten refugee women and four refugee girls as victims of FGM since 2013, from Somalia (eight women and four girls), Sudan (one woman) and Gambia (one woman), while Hope for Children has given support to three teenage migrant girls—two from Cameroon and one from Nigeria. Makarios III Hospital does not collect data regarding cases of FGM. However, its outpatient department reported around three to four cases of FGM a month in the period to 2016, most involving asylum-seekers. A further four cases of FGM-affected women in labour were registered in 2015, and one between January and June 2016. (In all five cases, the women concerned gave birth by caesarean section.)

FGM in Cyprus occurs among first-generation immigrants, refugees and asylum-seekers. However, there are currently no quantitative or qualitative data available about FGM-affected communities in Cyprus.

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