Afr J Reprod Health. 2006 Aug;10(2):37-47.
Males’ preference for circumcised women in northern Ghana.
Sakeah E, Beke A, Doctor HV, Hodgson AV.
Navrongo Health Research Centre, P.O. Box 114, Navrongo, Upper East Region, Ghana. firstname.lastname@example.org
Female genital mutilation (FGM) still remains one of the challenges facing women in many countries around the world. Efforts to eradicate the practice are on going but the results are still modest due to, among other things, ingrained cultural traditions that expose women to serious health consequences. In Africa where FGM is practiced in more than 28 countries, males have been found to perpetuate the practice. Using baseline data on FGM collected in 1998 by the Navrongo Health Research Centre in Ghana, we examined factors that influence males’ choice of marrying circumcised women. Results from regression analysis show that the illiterate and those who have been to primary school are more likely to prefer circumcised women than those with secondary and higher education. In addition, ethnicity and religion are also significant factors that influence males’ preference to marry circumcised women. A number of policy implications are discussed.
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