Document Type

Report

Publication Date

2020

Abstract

Between 2005 and 2017, Senegal experienced a slight national decline in prevalence of female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) among women aged 15–49 years and girls younger than 15 years. However, significant differences in prevalence exist as a result of multifarious risk factors. Previous research described the national trends in FGM/C, showing where, when, and why FGM/C is practiced in Senegal. However, no recent study exists to analyze the geographical patterns of FGM/C and the effect of individual- and community-level risk factors on the likelihood of cutting among girls younger than 15 years. The present report sought to provide a more consistent evidence base on the patterns of FGM/C and the impact of multilevel factors on geographical variations in the risk of girls’ cutting. Specifically, the study examined the spatial distribution of FGM/C risks among girls who are younger than 15 years and identified individual- and community-level characteristics associated with the probability for such girls facing cutting in Senegal. This evidence base is necessary for well-informed targeting of prevention strategies.

DOI

10.31899/rh11.1039

Language

English

Project

Evidence to End FGM/C: Research to Help Girls and Women Thrive

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