Somalia Infomation

Somalia FGM Information

Prevalence of FGM: 98% (Women 15-49) 96.7% (Girls 15-18) (MICS, 2006)

Most common types: Type 1, 2 and 3

Common ages practiced: 5-9 Years (Medium Age of FGM: 9 Years)

Regional information: FGM is prevalent throughout the country.

Practicing ethnic groups: All

Terminology: ‘Gudini’ (Arabic, Circumcision), ‘Halalays’ (Arabic, Sanctioned – implies purity),  ‘Qodiin’ (Arabic, Stitching/tightening/sewing – referring to infibulation)

FGM Law in Somalia: No specific FGM law for Somalia however, the Puntland State enacted laws against Type III FGM.

 (All information has been sourced from UNICEFThe Orchid Project and 28 to Many)