The region with the highest prevalence is Centrale, at 17.4%; the lowest is Maritime in the south, at 0.4%
The available data indicates that cutting is most common in girls under 5 and girls aged 10-14
‘Cut, flesh removed’ is the most common type of FGM practised
Almost all FGM is carried out by traditional practitioners
7,692,890 (as at 26 June 2017), with a 2.66% growth rate (2016 est.)
52 deaths per 1,000 live births (2015)
368 deaths per 100,000 live births (2015)
66.5% of the total population aged 15 and over can read/write
The regions in Togo with the highest FGM prevalence are Centrale (17.4% of women aged 15-49), Savanes (10.1%) and Kara (8.2%). The prevalence in Lomé, Maritime and Plateaux is under 2%. Women aged 15-49 who live in rural areas are slightly more likely (5.7%) to undergo FGM than those who live in urban areas (3.4%).
Muslim women aged 15-49 are far more likely to undergo FGM (22%) than women of other religions, among all of whom the prevalence of FGM is under 2%.
The ethnic group with the highest prevalence of FGM is the Autre Togolais, at 57.5%. There is a large disparity between this group and the other ethnic groups in Togo, which are all under 8%, although the data is very limited for some groups.
94.7% of women and 95.6% of men aged 15-49 believe that FGM should be stopped.
Breaking down the most recent data by age group shows that the prevalence for women aged 45-49 is 10.2%, while for the youngest age group this has fallen to 1.8%. 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.
See Togo: The Law and FGM for more details.