Down With FGM

Female genital mutilation/cutting rates have seen a “huge and significant decline” among African girls in the last 2 decades, according to a new BMJ Global Health study.
The steepest decline was in East Africa, where FGM prevalence dropped from 71% of under-14 girls in 1995, to 8% in 2016. West and North Africa have also seen FGM prevalence dwindle.
However, the study looked only at under-14 girls, obscuring the ongoing issue of cutting older girls. The authors hypothesize mothers’ changing attitudes are driving the decline. However, some mothers fearing stigma may also falsely report that their daughters have not been cut.

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