Female Genital Mutilation in Kenya: are young men allies in social change programmes?

by Eleanor Brown, Faith Mwangi-Powell, Miriam Jerotich et al.
Reproductive Health Matters, 2016;X:X–X (in press)

8 pp. 147 kB
http://www.rhm-elsevier.com/article/S0968-8080(16)30016-7/pdfcov150h

This study used Participatory Ethnographic Evaluation Research (PEER) to understand young men’s (18-25 years) perceptions of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), demand for FGM among future spouses, and perceptions of efforts to end FGM in a small town in West Pokot, Kenya, where FGM is reported to be high (between 85% to 96%). The majority of young men who viewed themselves as having a “modern” outlook and with aspirations to marry “educated” women were more likely not to support FGM. The findings show that young men viewed themselves as valuable allies in ending FGM, but that voicing their opposition to the practice was often difficult. More efforts are needed by multi-stakeholders – campaigners, government and local leaders – to create an enabling environment to voice that opposition.

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