Female genital mutilation 'becoming more prevalent' in post-Mubarak Egypt

Female genital mutilation has become more common following the ousting of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak.

This is according to US magazine the New Republic, which reported that the fight to stop girls being circumcised in the country has waned since the revolution due to a lack of funds.

Additionally, the campaign against the practice - and the ban on female genital mutilation in 2007 - are associated with the Mubarak family, as the dictator's wife Suzanne was a major player in the battle to stop the tradition.

However, lawyer and head of the Egyptian Centre for Women's Rights Nihad Abu Kumsan argued she was involved in the fight for self-promotion purposes.

"She was devoid of a feminist vision or a socialist vision," Ms Kumsan claimed.

The magazine cited figures from the 2008 Egypt Demographic and Health Survey showing 91 per cent of all women between the ages of 15 and 49 in the country have been through the practice.

Senegal may have seen more progress in the fight against female genital mutilation, as the New York Times recently reported that thousands of villages in the nation have pledged to never circumcise girls again.

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