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What is the prevalence of female genital mutilation in Africa?

The World Bank has data on the percentage of women aged 15 to 49 who have gone through female genital mutilation. This is defined as the “partial or total removal of the female external genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for cultural or other non-therapeutic reasons”. The bank provides data for three countries in 2016. It notes that 65% of women aged 15 to 49 in Ethiopia had experienced FGM in 2016, compared to 23% of women in Senegal and 10% of women in Tanzania.


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