Attitude toward female genital mutilation among Somali and Harari people, Eastern Ethiopia

by Asresash Demissie Abathun, Johanne Sundby, Abdi A Gele
International Journal of Women’s Health, 2016:8 557–569

13 pp. 393 kB

Despite intensive campaigns against female genital mutilation (FGM) among Somali and Harari ethnic groups in Ethiopia since 2011, it has still been practiced in the aforementioned communities. There is no recent information as to whether these campaigns have an impact on the attitude and practice of the community regarding FGM. This qualitative research was aimed at exploring the attitudes of Somali and Harari people between 18 and 65 years toward FGM. The findings show that there is an attitudinal difference between the people in the two regions, which calls for behavioural change communication using women-centred approach and culturally appropriate strategies. As young people in both the regions had the intention to marry uncircumcised girls, there has to be a strong advocacy and multisectoral collaboration to stop FGM in both the regions.

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