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Male and female viewpoints on female circumcision in Ekpeye, Rivers State, Nigeria.

Afr J Reprod Health. 2002 Dec;6(3):44-52.

Male and female viewpoints on female circumcision in Ekpeye, Rivers State, Nigeria.

Briggs LA.

Department of Human Kinetics, Health and Safety Education, Rivers State College of Education, Port Harcourt.

ABSTRACT

One hundred and ninety five male and female volunteers across the social strata were interviewed using structured questionnaire. Data were analysed using frequency tables. The study revealed that 74.7% of female respondents were circumcised. They believe that the practice would help prevent sexual promiscuity, curb sexual desires and that it is a custom they cannot do without. Most of the men would not marry an uncircumcised female, while a substantial number of the respondents would like to circumcise their daughters. Community effort to eradicate the practice is very minimal. Based on the findings, it is suggested that communities where female genital mutilation (FGM) is practiced as a social norm should be involved in eradication campaigns with support from national and international organisations.

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