Key Facts & Statistics
Female Genital Cutting (FGC)
- Female genital cutting includes procedures that intentionally alter or injure female genital organs for non-medical reason.
- Procedures can cause severe bleeding and problems urinating, and later, potential childbirth complications and newborn deaths.
- The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates between 100 and 140 million women and girls have undergone a form of the procedure.
- WHO also estimates that about 3 million girls are at risk each year.
- It is mostly carried out on young girls sometime between infancy and age 15 years.
- In Africa, an estimated 92 million girls from 10 years of age and above have undergone FGC.
- FGC is internationally recognized as a violation of the human rights of girls and women.
Source: The World Health Organization, www.who.int
- The practice of female circumcision in Ethiopia is widespread: 80% of all women have been circumcised.
- When asked whether the practice should continue, 60% of all women stated that they supported circumcision.
- 92% of circumcisions were performed by a traditional circumciser; less than 1% were performed by a health professional.
Source: Demographic & Health Surveys, www.measuredhs.com