Liberia and Sierra Leone do not have any explicit national laws banning FGM/C, yet managed to record some of the biggest declines in prevalence among the countries that practice it.
Clitoridectomy is removal of the clitoris only. Excision is the removal of the clitoris, labia minora and sometimes labia majora. Infibulation is the most severe, with the removal of all three plus sewing shut
Female genital mutilation/cutting is practised in at least 28 countries in Africa; more than three million girls in Africa are at risk for FGM/C every year.
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Some of the ‘happiest’ countries in Africa also have high FGM rates, they score badly on representation of women in politics, and female folk tend to be treated badly in these countries. A contradiction?