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Factors determining whether Ethiopian women support continuation of female genital mutilation
Authors: Masho SW, Matthews L.
Source: International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics, 107(3):232-5. doi: 10.1016/j.ijgo.2009.07.022.
Topic(s): Female genital cutting (FGC)
Country: Africa
Published: AUG 2009
Abstract: OBJECTIVE: To examine the factors influencing the opinions of women about whether female genital mutilation (FGM) should continue in Ethiopia. METHODS: Data from questionnaire surveys of women (n=11375) collected during the Ethiopia Demographic and Health Survey were analyzed. Factors influencing the opinions of women concerning whether FGM should continue as a practice in Ethiopia were examined using multiple logistic regression. RESULTS: Women who believed that FGM should continue were more likely to be aged 15-24years (adjusted odds ratio [OR] 1.21; 95% confidence interval [CI],1.05-1.41); rural residents (OR, 2.73; CI, 2.38-3.12); Muslim (OR, 1.98; CI,1.80-2.17); married (OR, 1.26; CI, 1.09-1.46); uneducated (OR, 2.85; CI, 2.51-3.23); circumcised (OR, 3.46 CI, 2.94-4.06); and to have had no exposure to mass media (OR,1.57; CI,1.41-1.75). CONCLUSION: To change the opinions of women regarding FGM, specific education and prevention programs should be designed to target these demographic groups of women.