The states with the highest prevalence are in the north-west; North Kordofan is the highest at 97.7%
The majority of women were cut between the ages of 5 & 9
Type III (sewn closed) is the most common type of FGM practised
More than ¾ of FGM cases are carried out by nurses, midwives or other medical personnel
41,945,377 (as at 26 June 2017), with a 1.69% growth rate (2016 est.)
48 deaths per 1,000 live births (2015)
311 deaths per 100,000 live births (2015)
75.9% of the total population aged 15 and over can read/write
The states in Sudan with the highest FGM prevalence are in the north-west: North Kordofan (97.7% of women aged 15-49), North Darfur (97.6%) and Northern (97.5%). The state with the lowest prevalence is Central Darfur, in the south-west, at 45.4%. Women aged 15-49 who live in rural areas are slightly more likely to undergo FGM (87.2%) than those who live in urban areas (85.5%).
FGM is least prevalent among women aged 14-59 with ‘no education’, at 76.8%.
52.8% of women aged 15-49 who have heard of FGM believe it should be discontinued.
Breaking down the most recent data by age group shows that the prevalence for women aged 45-49 is 91.8%, while for the youngest age group this has fallen to 81.7%. Despite the fact that a small proportion of women may be cut after the age of 15, the data suggests a trend towards lower prevalences among younger women.
FGM Legislation in Sudan
See Sudan: The Law and FGM for more detail.