Ivory Coast


According to UNICEF, the prevalence of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) in Ivory Coast is 38%. Terres des Femmes notes that in the north and north-west 85% of women are affected, while in the west over 70%. Among the Voltaique and Mandé ethnic groups over 70% of women are cut, prevalence is similarly high among the Muslim population and in rural regions. 50% of girls are cut before the age of four and traditional practitioners perform almost all procedures. The most common form of FGM/C is excision. 

FGM/C is performed as a test of a girl’s strength and willpower. The ‘graduation’ is followed by a big celebration. Other reasons for performing FGM/C include the belief that it ensures virginity before marriage and faithfulness. 

Ivory Coast passed legislation banning FGM/C in 1998. Ivory Coast acceded to the ICESCR in 1992, ratified CEDAW in 1995 and the CRC in 1991 and acceded to the Banjul Charter in 1992.

See also 28 Too Many’s country profile on Ivory Coast. 



We have no Anti-FGM/C Organisations in Ivory Coast, but would welcome suggestions. Please contact us.  

We have no FGM/C Country of Origin Expert for Ivory Coast, but would welcome suggestions. Please contact us