- According to UNFPA, FGM prevalence in Uganda has stagnated at about 1.4 per cent of the population since 2005. FGM is a harmful practice that causes infertility, death during child birth, and reproductive health problems like fistula.
- But Uganda is not the only country struggling to end the practice. The United Nations estimates that 140 million girls and women have undergone FGM worldwide. Most of these women live in the Middle East and Africa.
- Ghana is the only country said to have fully implemented the anti-FGM laws. Countries such as Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Egypt, Gambia, Kenya, Senegal and Somalia have reported a decline in FGM and appear to be focusing on community-based approaches.