Female Genital Mutilation Today

Which states do not have legislation outlawing FGM?

There are nine states and the District of Columbia who do not have state legislation against the practice. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates 513,000 girls and women are at risk or have already undergone FGM in the United States.

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Connecticut
  • District of Columbia
  • Hawaii
  • Maine
  • Mississippi
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • New Mexico

Where Is Female Genital Mutilation Practiced Outside the United States?

FGM occurs in more than 92 countries across the globe. In the top five countries where it is practiced, the number of women who experience FGM is extraordinarily high.


98% of women are cut


97% of women are cut


93% of women are cut


91% of women are cut

Sierra Leone

90% of women are cut

What Is Being Done to Stop Female Genital Mutilation?

Organizations like STOP THE CUT NOW! Eradicating Female Genital Mutilation and our partners are working hard to eliminate FGM and to help those affected by it. Efforts include:

Providing therapeutic support for FGM survivors

Influencing public policy and practice

Raising awareness

Offering community education

Supplying scholarships, uniforms, books, and sanitary pads for girls whose families choose not to cut them

Connecting women with opportunities for clitoral restorative surgery