Female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) has been frequently linked to marriageability and is thought to be related to the marriage of girls younger than age 18, known as early/child marriage. These practices threaten the health of girls and women in sub-Saharan Africa, their development, and quality of life. Few rigorous studies exist that can clarify the relationship between these two practices. More such research is needed to inform policymaking and initiatives aimed at ending FGM/C and early/child marriage, both targets of the global Sustainable Development Goals. To fill this gap, the Evidence to End FGM/C program examined the association between FGM/C and early/child marriage in contexts where both are practiced. This brief summarizes the program’s findings on the relationship between the two practices, highlighting what we know and what we still need to understand.
"Exploring the association between female genital mutilation/cutting and early/child marriage," Evidence to End FGM/C Programme Consortium Evidence Brief. Washington, DC: Population Reference Bureau, 2018.
Evidence to End FGM/C: Research to Help Girls and Women Thrive