Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Female genital cutting: current practices and beliefs in western Africa

Heather L Sipsma, Peggy G Chen, Angela Ofori-Atta, Ukwuoma O Ilozumba, Kapouné Karfo & Elizabeth H Bradley

Volume 90, Number 2, February 2012, 120-127F

Table 2. Female genital cutting (circumcision) practices (weighted data) as reported by women surveyeda in 10 western African countries, 2005–2007

Country Had been circumcised (%) Had had one or more daughters circumcised (%) Believed practice should continueb (%)
Sierra Leone 94.0 34.9 88.1
Gambia 78.5 64.4 76.7
Burkina Faso 73.7 24.8 14.2
Mauritania 72.2 64.2 59.0
Guinea-Bissau 44.6 33.3 36.7
Côte d’Ivoire 36.5 20.9 26.7
Nigeria 26.0 13.3 31.0
Togo 5.8 1.0 11.4
Ghana 3.8 1.3 3.7
Niger 2.2 0.9 6.6

a In third round of Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys.

b Percentages include both yes and depends responses.