It is estimated that 98% of women and girls have been affected by female genital mutilation or female circumcision.

Type of FGM

It is estimated that 68% of women and girls had their genitalia sewn closed (type 3).


More than 80% of girls experience this between 5 and 9 years of age.

The law

FGM is against the law in Somalia.

Prevalence when abroad

Civil war in Somalia has led to people being displaced to neighbouring countries. Prevalence among Somalis is still high in those countries: In Ethiopia (97%), in Kenya (98%), in Somalia (98%).

Women's views

34% of women believe the practice should end.