07.22.131:53 PM ET

Female Genital Mutilation Declines

UNICEF study finds men oppose cutting more than women in some countries.

Genital mutilation of girls is decreasing, according to a UNICEF report released Monday that surveyed 29 countries in the Middle East and Africa. The biggest declines were in more developed Kenya but also the poorer Central African Republic, according to The New York Times. Most women are against cutting, but a significant number of men and boys also oppose the practice as well. According to the study, higher numbers of men in three countries—Chad, Guinea, and Sierra Leone—actually oppose the practice more than women. But genital mutilation is far from over. UNICEF found that more than nine out of 10 women and girls ages 15–49 are cut in Somalia, Guinea, Djibouti, and Egypt.