Female genital mutilation rates drop for African girls but teens still at risk


In North Africa, prevalence rates fell to 14% in 2015 from nearly 60% in 1990, the report said; West Africa dropped to about 25% in 2017, from 74% in 1996.

The UN children’s agency Unicef estimates that 200-million women and girls globally have undergone FGM, with the highest prevalence in Africa and parts of the Middle East.

Campaigners welcomed the drop but said FGM also affects teenagers and young women, a demographic outside the study.

“We are pleased to see that the numbers are coming down in a lot of countries,” said Emma Lightowlers, a spokesperson for campaign group 28TooMany, which does research on FGM in Africa.

“But it doesn’t tell the whole story and there are other groups where cutting takes place after the age of 14. It takes…

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