Ethiopia Information

Ethiopia FGM Information

Prevalence of FGM: 65.2% (Women 15-49) 47.1% (Girls 15-18) (DHS, 2016)

Most common types: Type 1, 2 & 3

Common ages practiced: 0-9 Years (Medium Age of FGM: 4 Years)

Regional information: Prevalence of FGM is highest in the Afar (Type 3, 8 days old), Dire Dawa (75.3%), and Somali (Type 3) regions.

Practicing ethnic groups include: Oromo, Amhara, Somali and Tigray

Terminology: ‘Megrez’ (Amharic, Circumcision/cutting), ‘Absum’ (Harrari, Name giving ritual)

FGM law in Ethiopia: Illegal

 (All information has been sourced from UNICEF, 28 to Many and The Orchid Project)