Female genital mutilation: Nigerian Igbo men’s low acceptance of the practice
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AbstractFemale Genital Mutilation (FGM) involves the cutting of the external female genital organs for non-medical purposes. It is a widespread public health problem in Nigeria as it affects the health of women and girls. The views of women about FGM are widely researched and known, however very little empirical research has been conducted to understand the views of men. Aim: This study therefore sought to examine men’s views regarding the continuation of FGM and its associated factors in a rural Igbo community in Nigeria. Subject and Method: This paper reports the results of a survey of 215 men aged 18 and above living in Isuikwuato Local Government Area, Uturu in Nigeria. Bivariate and binary logistic regression were performed on 215 completed and returned questionnaires (86% response rate) using Statistical Package for Social Science. This is the first study to investigate Nigerian Igbo men’s views of FGM. Results: Descriptive statistics revealed that almost two thirds of the sample (63.7%) thought FGM should be discontinued. Logistic regression found that owning a television and/or a radio and holding a Christian faith significantly predicted favouring the discontinuation of FGM. Conclusion: This study provides evidence to suggest that some Nigerian Igbo men’s attitudes about FGM appear to be generally less than favourable. The major implication of these findings is that policy makers must place greater emphasis on addressing the economic and social development of rural areas in Nigeria if the harmful practice of FGM is to be reduced.
CitationHemuka, N.J., Morgan, A., Bellingham-Young, D. and Stonard, K. (2022) Female genital mutilation: Nigerian Igbo men’s low acceptance of the practice. Journal of Public Health (Berl.) (2022). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10389-021-01680-1
JournalJournal of Public Health
DescriptionThis is an accepted manuscript of an article published by Springer in Journal of Public Health on 09/01/2022, available online: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10389-021-01680-1 The accepted version of the publication may differ from the final published version. For re-use please see the publisher's terms and conditions.