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Female genital mutilation (FGM) in Sudan: what do men think? Featured

Objectives: To determine men's perception towards FGM and to identify whether men prefer circumcised or noncircumcised women.

Method: Anonymous detailed questionnaires were distributed to 300 men in Khartoum, Khartoum North and Omdurman in April 2011. Questions were written in Arabic, and an English translation was also provided. Demographic data collected included age, sex, marital status, religion, tribe and occupation.

Results: Most of the men asked (45.3%) were in the age group of 21–30 years and (90.3%) were Muslims. Most of the men were well educated, as 67.0% had a university degree and 11.7% had a postgraduate degree; 62.3% were married; 68% think that there are no benefits for FGM, while 75.3% think that there is harm associated with FGM; 76% think that women suffer as a result of the practice, and 75.7% said that they will not circumcise their daughters; 84.3% prefer to marry noncircumcised women, and 72.3% said that they think circumcised women have less sexual desire than noncircumcised women; 66.7% think that FGM is practiced to preserve girls from illegal sexual practices, and 87.3% think that FGM has a negative impact on normal vaginal delivery. The majority (83.7%) of the men support the elimination of FGM.

Conclusions: Most men prefer uncircumcised women and have a positive attitude towards the elimination of FGM. Men should be considered more in the campaigns against FGM.

Article Details

  • Author(s): M. Abdalla, A. Omer, K. Elmusharaf
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