According to UNICEF, the prevalence of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) in Ivory Coast is 38%. Terres des Femmes notes that in the north and north-west 85% of women are affected, while in the west over 70%. Among the Voltaique and Mandé ethnic groups over 70% of women are cut, prevalence is similarly high among the Muslim population and in rural regions. 50% of girls are cut before the age of four and traditional practitioners perform almost all procedures. The most common form of FGM/C is excision.
FGM/C is performed as a test of a girl's strength and willpower. The 'graduation' is followed by a big celebration. Other reasons for performing FGM/C include the belief that it ensures virginity before marriage and faithfulness.
We have no Anti-FGM/C Organisations in Ivory Coast, but would welcome suggestions. Please contact us.
We have no FGM/C Country of Origin Expert for Ivory Coast, but would welcome suggestions. Please contact us.