Table 3

Participants’ perspectives on FGM/C, by FGM/C status and total

Women with FGM/C, n=175Women with no FGM/C, n=756Total sample,
n=963
Perspective about continuation of FGM/C
 Should continue32 (18.3)17 (2.2)51 (5.3)
 Should stop91 (52.0)551 (72.9)662 (68.7)
 It depends17 (9.7)30 (4.0)48 (5.0)
 Do not know35 (20.0)158 (20.9)202 (21.0)
Perspective on main reason for continuation
 Religious beliefs18 (10.3)61 (8.1)84 (8.7)
 Moral reasons36 (20.6)153 (20.2)197 (20.5)
 Tradition and cultural norms61 (34.9)331 (43.8)401 (41.6)
 Social convention05 (0.7)5 (0.5)
 Personal hygiene21 (12.0)8 (1.1)32 (3.3)
 Sexual pleasure for the husband5 (2.9)1 (0.1)6 (0.6)
 Two or more of the above reasons22 (12.6)69 (9.1)91 (9.4)
 Not sure12 (6.9)129 (17.1)147 (15.3)
  • Data are number (%).

  • FGM/C, female genital mutilation/cutting.