Factors associated with males’ intention to circumcise their daughters in northern Ghana

Despite global concern about the harmful effects of female genital mutilation, some still believe that it is a tradition that must be upheld. Male involvement in the practice has been debated over the years. This paper has two objectives: first, to present the views of men about their intention to circumcise their daughters in the future; and second, to identify factors associated with their intention to do this. To investigate this, the study analysed cross-sectional data on FGM collected in the Kassena-Nankana District of northern Ghana in 1998. The study found that 14 percent of male respondents expressed their interest in circumcising their daughters in the future. Regression analysis showed that the odds of intending to circumcise one’s daughter in the future were higher among those practising traditional religion and the less educated than among those professing Christianity and the highly educated. The results call for intensification of efforts to eradicate the practice of FGM, particularly in settings where every critical event in the life cycle of individuals is accompanied by rites involving soothsayer (ancestral) consultation. Bibliogr., notes, sum. [Journal abstract]

Title: Factors associated with males’ intention to circumcise their daughters in northern Ghana
Authors: Sakeah, Evelyn B.
Doctor, Henry V.
Hodgson, Abraham V.
Year: 2007
Periodical: Journal of Social Development in Africa (ISSN 1012-1080)
Volume: 22
Issue: 1
Pages: 71-88
Language: English
Notes: biblio. refs., ills.
Geographic terms: Ghana
West Africa
Abstract: Despite global concern about the harmful effects of female genital mutilation, some still believe that it is a tradition that must be upheld. Male involvement in the practice has been debated over the years. This paper has two objectives: first, to present the views of men about their intention to circumcise their daughters in the future; and second, to identify factors associated with their intention to do this. To investigate this, the study analysed cross-sectional data on FGM collected in the Kassena-Nankana District of northern Ghana in 1998. The study found that 14 percent of male respondents expressed their interest in circumcising their daughters in the future. Regression analysis showed that the odds of intending to circumcise one’s daughter in the future were higher among those practising traditional religion and the less educated than among those professing Christianity and the highly educated. The results call for intensification of efforts to eradicate the practice of FGM, particularly in settings where every critical event in the life cycle of individuals is accompanied by rites involving soothsayer (ancestral) consultation. Bibliogr., notes, sum. [Journal abstract]