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
UNICEF/Sudan

Highlights

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.

Author
Macoumba Thiam, PhD
Publication date
Languages
English, Arabic

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