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.
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%).
34% of women believe the practice should end.