According to UNICEF, the prevalence of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) in Guinea is 96%, with high prevalence throughout all ethnic groups. Most girls and women in Guinea have undergone infibulation, the most severe form of FGM/C. Terre des Femmes notes that at 89% the Guerze are the ethnic group with the lowest prevalence in the country. Prevalence in different regions is a s follows: Lower Guinea 100%, Middle Guinea 99%, Upper Guinea 99%, Forest Guinea 88% and Conakry 94%.

In about 75% of cases FGM/C is performed by a traditional practitioner. Excision is the most common type of FGM/C and the most important reason for cutting girls is social acceptance.

Practising FGM/C was banned in Guinea in 1965; the law was amended in 2000. Guinea ratified the ICESCR in 1978 and CEDAW in 1982, acceded to the CRC in 1990 and ratified the Banjul Charter in 1982.

See also 28 Too Many’s country profile on Guinea.


FGM/C Country of Origin Expert for Guinea

Dr Anita Schroven 


Dr. Schroven is a researcher at Conflict and Integration in the Upper Guinea Coast, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology. She has served as expert witness in over 20 asylum cases involving issues such as FGC/M, ethnic and religious violence, political persecution, and witchcraft accusations. She has been researching in West Africa since 2004, and in Guinea specifically since 2006, addressing state-society relations, citizenship, political, ethnic and national identities, gender relations and women’s rights.

Jacqueline Knörr


Jacqueline Knörr, Head of Research at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Extraordinary Professor at the Martin Luther University in Halle/Saale, Germany. Professor Knörr was brought up in Ghana and Germany and has for many years conducted extensive field research in Sierra Leone und the Upper Guinea Coast of West Africa more generally, as well as in Indonesia. She has worked as a Lecturer, Senior Researcher, University Professor, Scientific Director, and Political Advisor. She has served as expert witness in about two hundred asylum cases, writing expert reports concerning FGC/M and other human rights issues.


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