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With an FGM prevalence of 75.8% among women aged 15-491, Burkina Faso is classified by UNICEF2 as a ‘moderately high prevalence’ country. FGM is practised across all regions, ethnic groups and religions in Burkina Faso. There are distinct regional variations; FGM prevalence ranges from 54.8% in the Centre-West to 89.5% in the Centre-East. Two-thirds of the population of Burkina Faso live in rural areas, and nearly 10% more women aged 15-49 have had FGM in rural areas (78.4%) than in urban areas (68.7%). Prevalence in the capital, Ouagadougou, is 64.8%.3

FGM,  female genital mutilation,  Burkina Faso,  statistics,  key findings,  FGM/C,  female genital cutting,