According to UNICEF, in Togo the prevalence of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) is 4%. 89% of women and girls want the practice to end.
Terre des Femmes notes that FGM/C prevalence varies according to region and ethnic group. While it is not usually practised in urban areas, prevalence can be relatively high in rural areas. The Aja, Ewe and Akposso ethnic grous do not practise FGM/C, but prevalence among the Kotokoli, Tchamba, Mossi, Yanga and Fula ethnic groups is 85-98%. The majority of girls is cut between the age of 5 and 9; the Fula usually cut girls at infancy. The most common type of FGM/C is excision. FGM/C is most commonly performed as an initiation into adulthood, during which the girls have to prove their power and self-control.
See also 28 Too Many's country profile on Togo.
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Anti-FGM/C Organisations in Togo
CI - AF Togo
B P 30694 Lome, TOGO
Tel: +228 903 26 533, +228 22 26 91 55
Email: anapoeyahoo [dot] com, ciaf_tgyahoo [dot] fr
Contact person: Assibi NAPOE (Président CIAF TOGO)
The Inter-African Committee on traditional practices affecting the health of women and children (IAC) is an African regional umbrella body that has been working on policy programmes and actions to eliminate FGM/C, child marriage and other harmful traditional practices and to promote the positive ones in the African Region for the last 30 years.