Nigeria: 20 million women and girls have undergone FGM

  • FGM most likely to take place on girls under five, says report
  • Despite ban last year, law is not being enforced consistently
  • Young population using social media to warn of dangers

About 20 million women and girls in Nigeria have undergone female genital mutilation, 10% of the global total, according to a comprehensive report released on Tuesday.

Many Nigerian girls are cut as infants (16% before their first birthday), and 82% of women who have had FGM say that they were cut before the age of five, says charity 28 Too Many.

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