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Health > Women circumcised: Countries Compared

Ian Graham, Staff Editor

Author: Ian Graham, Staff Editor

A program against female circumcision in Senegal, which began in 1997 with 13 Senegalese villages publicly declaring that they would no longer permit female circumcision, has spread to more than 1,500 villages in the ensuing eight years, according to a story in the Christian Science Monitor. Those villages represent 30 percent of the Senegalese villages which are known to practice female circumcision.

The program is being replicated with some success in Guinea, Burkina Faso, and Mali. It is also under consideration for introduction in Somalia, where almost 100 percent of women are circumcised.

An estimated two million girls in 26 African countries are circumcised annually.

DEFINITION: Estimated number of women circumcised.

CONTENTS

# COUNTRY AMOUNT DATE GRAPH
1 Nigeria 32.8 1994
2 Egypt 24.2 1994
3 Ethiopia 23.9 1994
4 Kenya 6.8 1994
5 Somalia 4.5 1994
6 Mali 4.3 1994
7 Cote d'Ivoire 4.1 1994
8 Burkina Faso 3.5 1994
9 Ghana 2.6 1994
10 Sierra Leone 2 1994
11 Chad 1.9 1994
=12 Eritrea 1.6 1994
=12 Guinea 1.6 1994
14 Tanzania 1.5 1994
=15 Benin 1.3 1994
=15 Cameroon 1.3 1994
17 Democratic Republic of the Congo 1.1 1994
18 Togo 1 1994
=19 Niger 0.9 1994
=19 Liberia 0.9 1994
=21 Central African Republic 0.8 1994
=21 Senegal 0.8 1994
=23 Uganda 0.5 1994
=23 The Gambia 0.5 1994
=25 Mauritania 0.3 1994
=25 Guinea-Bissau 0.3 1994
=25 Djibouti 0.3 1994

Citation

"Countries Compared by Health > Women circumcised. International Statistics at NationMaster.com", Unicef (1994). Aggregates compiled by NationMaster. Retrieved from http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/stats/Health/Women-circumcised

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A program against female circumcision in Senegal, which began in 1997 with 13 Senegalese villages publicly declaring that they would no longer permit female circumcision, has spread to more than 1,500 villages in the ensuing eight years, according to a story in the Christian Science Monitor. Those villages represent 30 percent of the Senegalese villages which are known to practice female circumcision.

The program is being replicated with some success in Guinea, Burkina Faso, and Mali. It is also under consideration for introduction in Somalia, where almost 100 percent of women are circumcised.

An estimated two million girls in 26 African countries are circumcised annually.

Posted on 13 Apr 2005

Ian Graham, Staff Editor

Ian Graham, Staff Editor

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