Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting and child marriage in Sudan: Are there any changes taking place?

In depth analysis using multiple indicators cluster surveys (MICS) and Sudan health surveys (SHHS)

Young girl in Sudan


Sudan is committed to the elimination of the harmful practices of  female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) and child marriage (CM) which represent major challenges for women’s well being and equitable gender development: 86.6 percent of women and girls aged 15-49 years, are affected by FGM/C and 38 percent of all women aged 20-49 years were married before their 18th birthday as revealed by MICS 2014. The National Strategy on the Abandonment of FGM/C adopted in 2008, was extended to 2018 to eliminate this practice and a draft national strategy on abandoning child marriage is under discussion.

Macoumba Thiam, PhD
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