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Attitudes to female genital mutilation/cutting among male adolescents in Ilorin, Nigeria

Abiodun S Adeniran, Munirdeen A Ijaiya, Adegboyega A Fawole, Olayinka R Balogun, Kikelomo T Adesina, Abdul Waheed O Olatinwo, Adebunmi O Olarinoye, Peace I Adeniran

Abstract


Background. The central role of males in female reproductive health issues in patriarchal societies makes them an important group in the eradication of female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C).

Objective. To determine knowledge about and attitudes to FGM/C among male adolescents, and their preparedness to protect their future daughters from it.

Methods. A cross-sectional survey among male adolescent students in Ilorin, Nigeria. Participants completed a self-administered questionnaire after consent had been obtained from them or their parents. Statistical analysis was with SPSS version 20.0 (IBM, USA). A p-value of <0.05 was taken as significant.

Results. Of 1 536 male adolescents (mean age 15.09 (standard deviation 1.84) years, range 14 - 19), 1 184 (77.1%) were aware of FGM/C, 514 (33.5%) supported female circumcision, 362 (23.6%) would circumcise their future daughters, 420 (27.3%) were of the opinion that FGM/C had benefits, mostly as a necessity for womanhood (109, 7.1%), and 627 (40.8%) perceived it as wickedness against females; 546 (35.5%) were aware of efforts to eradicate FGM/C, and 42.2% recommended education as the most important intervention to achieve this.

Conclusion. Education and involvement in advocacy may transform male adolescents into agents for eradication of FGM/C.

Authors' affiliations

Abiodun S Adeniran, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Ilorin and University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria

Munirdeen A Ijaiya, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Ilorin and University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria

Adegboyega A Fawole, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Ilorin and University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria

Olayinka R Balogun, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Ilorin and University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria

Kikelomo T Adesina, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Ilorin and University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria

Abdul Waheed O Olatinwo, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Ilorin and University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria

Adebunmi O Olarinoye, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Ilorin and University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria

Peace I Adeniran, Nursing Services Department, University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria

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Keywords

Male adolescents; Female genital mutilation/cutting; Female circumcision; Daughters; Nigeria

Cite this article

South African Medical Journal 2016;106(8):822-823. DOI:10.7196/SAMJ.2016.v106i8.10124

Article History

Date submitted: 2015-09-29
Date published: 2016-07-04

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