Are More Than a Quarter of Nigerian Women Still Subjected to Genital Mutilation?


Researched by: Motunrayo Joel

In describing how female genital mutilation badly affects girls’ development, a featured journalist claimed that 27% of Nigerian women aged between 15 and 49 had undergone it. The latest data shows a decrease.

The harmful traditional practice of female genital mutilation is still an accepted part of many Nigerian cultures.

Reporting on the threat to Nigerian girls’ survival and their development, a reporter in the country’s Guardian newspaper last month claimed that national statistics show “27% of Nigerian women between 15 and 49 are victims of female genital mutilation or cutting”.

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