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Where is FGM Practiced

FGM is concentrated in 30 countries, and it is primarily practiced in Africa, which accounts for 80% of all cases, but incidences of it can be found worldwide. In addition to the countries shown in the graphic above, FGM is also a risk in many countries in Western Europe, however data is not readily available for these countries, as often girls are taken from Europe to other countries to perform the cut.

Map of the world made by Mekuno Project showing which countries FGM is practiced. Most of sub-Saharan African countries are included in the map, as are most of the countries in South Asia. Many Western European countries are not highlighted but this is due to the fact that there isn't enough data available on rates of FGM within these countries as most individuals are taken back to other countries to undergo the procedure.

Over 200 women and girls are currently living as FGM survivors*, and 68 million more girls are at risk of undergoing the practice by 2030.

That’s over 8,000 girls being cut every day.

There is also a fear that an additional 2 million girls will undergo the practice by 2030 as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Within certain ethnic groups and communities, the practice is nearly universal, making it challenging to eliminate, but there has been significant progress over the past thirty years, with rates of FGM declining rapidly. The most dramatic change has been in East Africa, where rates of FGM went from 71% to 8% in just 11 years.

In the areas where we work, the rates of FGM are still high, but our implementing partners have had success in getting rates of FGM from above 95% to less than 10% within 20 years. Change is possible if we leverage these existing solutions.

*That we know of. Due to social stigmas and barriers in reporting, this number may actually be much higher.

Mekuno Project supports solutions that work. By connecting and funding projects that eliminate the root causes of FGM and child marriage in Kenya, the conditions are set for hope-filled futures to flourish.

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