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Title:Female genital mutilation: perceptions and beliefs in a Nigerian rural community
Author:Bodunrin, H.O.ISNI
Periodical:African Anthropology (ISSN 1024-0969)
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:female circumcision
Women's Issues
Health and Nutrition
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Cultural Roles
Health, Nutrition, and Medicine
Genital Circumcision/Cuttings/Surgeries
External link:https://www.ajol.info/index.php/aa/article/view/23080
Abstract:Female genital mutilation is customarily supported and deep-rooted among many groups in Africa. It also constitutes a violation of the human rights and privacy to which women are entitled. Based on in-depth interviews conducted in December 1995 with 30 respondents (15 men and 15 women) aged between 30 and 65 from Iwasi, a village in Ijebu East Local Government Area of Ogun State, Nigeria, the author investigates the knowledge, beliefs and perceptions surrounding female genital mutilation. Although female genital mutilation is not practised in Iwasi community, people are knowledgeable about it, and some female respondents from other cultures, married to Iwasi men, support the practice. In the light of the findings the author recommends, amongst others, public and grassroots enlightenment campaigns against female genital mutilation, with the dissemination of information on its complications and consequences; sensitization against female genital mutilation in order to correct the misconception that it is equivalent to male circumcision; and the provision of alternative employment for practitioners of female genital mutilation. Bibliogr., sum.