Modelling and mapping of state disparities associated with female genital mutilation/cutting prevalence among girls aged 0-14 years in Nigeria: Evidence from DHS and MICS 2003-2017

Ngianga-Bakwin Kandala
Paul Komba
Chibuzor Christopher Nnanatu
Glory Atilola
Lubanzadio Mavatikua
Zhuzhi Moore
Dennis Matanda, Population Council


The practice of female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) has been positioned as a gender and global development issue that national and international organizations must address for girls and women to thrive in good health and enjoy their fundamental rights. Consequently, many efforts have been made to promote the abandonment of the practice. Despite evidence of a decline in FGM/C, there are significant variations in its prevalence in many sub-Saharan African countries, where the practice persists due to the combined effects of factors among individuals as well as communities. This working paper presents findings from a study that analyzed existing data using Bayesian hierarchical regression tools to examine variations in FGM/C among girls ages 14 and younger in Nigeria according to individual and community factors.