C4D Works!: Community engagement to end female genital mutilation in the State of Eritrea

Success stories from Eastern and Southern Africa


Although rates of FGM are declining in most of the 31 countries where it is practiced, population growth rates in many settings mean that the absolute numbers of girls who will be cut will continue to grow if the practice continues at current levels.

In Eritrea, FGM prevalence has been in consistent decline for the last twenty-five years. In 1995, the Eritrea Demographic and Health Survey reported a prevalence rate of 95 per cent among 15-49 year-olds. Since then, it has decreased to 89 per cent in 2002 and 83 per cent in 2010.

To accelerate this progress, UNICEF is working in partnership with UNFPA under the Joint Programme to Eliminate FGM, and three government partners, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare and the National Union of Eritrean Women.

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