Tillaberi, in the south-west, has the highest prevalence
75.7% of women aged 15-49 who have undergone FGM were cut before the age of 5
‘Cut, flesh removed’ is the most common type of FGM practised
84.4% of FGM is carried out by traditional cutters
21,430,597 (as at 8 June 2017), with a 3.22% growth rate (2016 est.)
57 deaths per 1,000 live births (2015)
553 deaths per 100,000 live births (2015)
19.1% of the total population aged 15 and over can read/write
The region in Niger with the highest prevalence is Tillaberi (9.2% of women aged 15-49). Tillaberi is situated in the south-west of the country. All other regions have a prevalence lower than 2%. Women aged 15-49 who live in rural areas are more likely to undergo FGM (2.1%) than those who live in urban areas (1.2%). Prevalence in the capital city of Niamey is 1.8%.
85.1% of women and 85.7% of men aged 15-49 do not believe that FGM is a requirement of their religion.
Between 2006 and 2012, survey data suggests that the overall prevalence for women aged 15-49 fell from 2.2% to 2%, however this drop is not statistically significant. One should therefore assume that the prevalence remained constant at around 2%. In 2006, 88.9% of women and 86.2% of men aged 15-49 who have heard of FGM stated that they believed FGM should be stopped; in 2012, those figures were 82.4% and 90.6% respectively.
The Nigerien Government passed legislation in June 2003 that specifically prohibits FGM (Penal Code – Law No. 2003-025 dated June 13, 2003 modifying the law No. 61-27 of July 15, 1961).