That number covers women and girls born overseas but does not include second generation females

An estimated 53,000 women and girls born overseas and now living in Australia have undergone female genital mutilation in their lifetime, data released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare on Wednesday found.

This equates to a rate of 4.3 per 1,000 women and girls in Australia, or 0.4% of Australia’s overall female population. The figures were calculated by combining the latest available international survey data with Australian population estimates for 2017. Prevalence rates of female genital mutilation by country were available for only 29 countries although it is known to be practised more widely, which means the figures might underestimate the issue.

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