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Female Genital Mutilation

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According to UNICEF and WHO“It is estimated that more than 200 million girls and women alive today have undergone female genital mutilation in the countries where the practice is concentrated. Furthermore, there are an estimated 3 million girls at risk of undergoing female genital mutilation every year. The majority of girls are cut before they turn 15 years old.”
The highest number of girls who have undergone FGM, live in Indonesia – more than 17 million and almost half of the 0-14 year old girls. Nigeria is on second place with almost 5 million girls, followed by Ethiopia and Mali, both with more than 3 million girls in that age group. Gambia has the highest percentage of girls undergone FGM (56.1), followed by Mauritania (51.4) and Indonesia (49.2).


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Technical Notes

This map shows the number of girls (0-14 years old), who have undergone FGM (as reported by their mothers).

Data sources
This map uses data by UNICEF (last accessed January 2019). We aim to map as complete data as possible and therefore estimate data for missing values. In some cases, missing data for very small territories is not used in the cartogram and that area is therefore omitted in the map.

Further notes on the data, as well as all modifications to the original data source are noted in our data sheets.

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