Good Practice on FGM in Somalia

No. of pages: 6

Publication date: 10 February 2016

Author: UNFPA

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Female genital mutilation (FGM) is a widespread and deeply entrenched social convention that has been practiced in Somalia for many centuries. Nearly 97 per cent of Somali girls aged 15-19 had undergone the procedure, many of whom have been subjected to the most severe form of FGM. Despite the negative serious health consequences and efforts to abandon the practice, it has persisted due to a common belief that it is a religious obligation, among other notions.