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Prevalence of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) among Women Aged 15-49
Key Indicators
Population size, female age 15-49 (in thousands) 19,920 World Population Prospects 2012
Prevalence of FGM among women 15-49 (%) 74 DHS 2005
Prevalence of FGM among girls 15-19 (%) 74 DHS 2005
Ethnic group with the highest prevalence in the country (%) 74 DHS 2005
Existence of national policies and laws banning FGM; Year passed 74 DHS 2005
*Later dates reflect amendments to the original law or new laws

currently, 26% of women aged 15-49 in Senegal have undergone some form of FGM


Prevalence of FGM has increased by 5% between 2006 and 2010; FGM is less common among girls 15-19 than women 45-49


Human rights violations affect women and girls differently. Girls who are the least educated and living in rural areas are at the greatest risk of FGM.


To meet the target of reducing FGM rate by half, more resources are needed

If present trends continue, 285,000 girls born between 2010-2015 will experience FGM by 2030