Female genital mutilation practices a case of Rashad county, nuba mountains, Sudan
Njiru, Godleva M
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Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), also known as female circumcision and female cutting, is the term used to define all procedures that involve partial or total removal of the female genital area or organs, for cultural or non-therapeutic reasons. It is a dangerous procedure which violates the human rights of women globally. An estimated 135 million of the world's girls and women have undergone FGM, and two million girls a year are at risk of mutilation ¬approximately 6,000 per day. This study examines values, beliefs, attitudes, knowledge and practices associated with FGM among men and women boys and girls of Rashad County - Nuba Mountains. The study findings were cross-cutting among the communities. The communities lack adequate knowledge on the harmful effects of FGM. They are also ignorant of health, social, and economic implications of this old practice. The community attitudes on FGM are that of glorification as the girl has been "purified". According to the study, FGM can be said to have over 74% prevalence. The study showed that 74% of the 100 respondents reported to have been undergone FGM. As seen from the study, FGM is a deeply entrenched cultural practice that has been carried out for ages. The study found out that there are various misconceptions ad myths regarding FGM that propagate the practice.