Over the last several decades, global efforts to end female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) have intensified through the combined efforts of international and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), governments, and religious and civil society groups. Evidence of the wider impacts of FGM/C and interventions for its abandonment is small but emerging. The practice of FGM/C has frequently been linked to a girl’s marriageability and is thought to be associated with child marriage, either directly, as a cause of early/child marriage, or vice versa, or indirectly, resulting from common causes. Evidence of the relationships between these two practices to inform programming and policy for abandonment interventions is limited at best, however. This study investigates the relationship between FGM/C and early/child marriage; investigates the possible correlates of early/child marriage; compares FGM/C practice across the region; and examines the correlates for FGM/C.
Karumbi, Jamlick and David Gathara. 2020. "Associations between female genital mutilation/cutting and early/child marriage: A multi-country DHS/MICS analysis," Evidence to End FGM/C: Research to Help Girls and Women Thrive. New York: Population Council.
Evidence to End FGM/C: Research to Help Girls and Women Thrive