South Sudan


Key Findings

There are no recent surveys about FGM prevalence and practice in South Sudan. Previously, it has been reported that prevalence is 1% amongst women aged 15-49 years.

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Development Indicators


13,026,129 (July 2017 est.)

Infant Mortality Rate

62.8 deaths per 1,000 live births (2017)

Maternal Mortality Rate

789 deaths per 100,000 live births (2015)


27% of the total population aged 15 and over can read/write

Prevalence of FGM

Prevalence of FGM

UNICEF has previously reported prevalence at 1% amongst women aged 15-49 years, but there are no recent surveys to confirm this figure. FGM has been reported amongst both Christian and Muslim communities, particularly in the northern regions of the country, including Bahr el Ghazal and Upper Nile.

FGM Legislation in South Sudan

In South Sudan, both the Penal Code Act 2008 and the Child Act 2008 criminalise FGM and remain in force as per the Transitional Constitution.  The Penal Code sets out the punishment for committing FGM.

See South Sudan: The Law and FGM for more detail.


Research and resources for South Sudan