Differentials and Determinants of Genital Mutilation among Girls Child in Nigeria
Many negative female reproductive and poor general women health outcomes have been associated with Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). Nonetheless FGM was still being practiced in many societies. The aim of the paper was to examine the differentials and investigate the significant socio-demographic predictors of occurrence of FGM in Nigeria based on the 2008 and 2013 Nigeria Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS) datasets. Data were analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistical techniques. The study indicated that the practice of FGM for girl children declined from 30.5% in 2008 to 14.2% in 2013. The practice was however prevalent in rural areas than urban areas. The study also showed that religion, location and sociodemographic and economic factors influenced the FGM practice. The study concluded that although record had shown progress in reduced FGM, nationwide, the practice was still prevalent in the rural communities. It therefore recommended intensive education at the rural communities, and the help of religious leaders in creating awareness among those who practiced it on religious justification.
© Department of Geography, Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife, Nigeria 2016