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Title: Culture beliefs and forced marriage among youths in Puntland Somalia
Authors: Fatima Abdullahi, Jama
Keywords: Culture beliefs
Forced marriage
Puntland Somalia
Issue Date: Nov-2016
Publisher: Kampala International University, College of Education, Open and Distance Learning
Abstract: This dissertation entitled cultural beliefs on forced marriage investigated the people's attitudes towards culture in Punt land Somalia. The study was guided by the following research objectives; To identify the peoples attitude towards culture in Puntland-Somalia, to establish the different types of marriage practice in Punt land-Somalia and To establish the effect of cultural belief on the forced marriage in Puntland-Somalia. The purpose of the study was to examine the relationship between cultural belief aran forced marriages in Punt land-Somalia. The study adopted and used descriptive designs which were qualitative research methods. Research design is the structure of any scientific work which gives direction and systematizes on how the study is done; it constituted the collection, measurement and analysis of data Kothari, (2004). The study used descriptive survey research design. A survey research design seeks to obtain information that described existing phenomenon by asking individuals about their perceptions, attitudes and values Mugenda and Mugenda, (2010). The major findings of the study revealed that the practice of Virginity Testing as a culture was high in Punt land-Somalia. This was because it is considered a common practice, and there are no laws against it. The study indicated that early marriage is widely practiced in Punt land for reasons of economic survival and protection against rape. In conclusion, traditional attitudes by which women are regarded as subordinate to men or as having stereotyped roles pe1petuate widespread practices involving violence or coercion; such as family violence and abuse, early marriage, domestic violence, rape and female circumcision. Such prejudices and practices may justify gender-based violence as a form of protection or control of women. The study recommends that; Health issues relating to sex and family-life education should be included in school curricula to promote responsible and hannonious parenthood and to create awareness among young people about the ha1mful effects of forced marriage, as well as the need for education about sexually transmitted diseases, especially AIDS. Governments are urged to adopt legislative measures fixing a minimum age for manage for boys and girls. As recommended by the World Health Organization, the minimum age for girls should be 18 years. Such legislative measures should be reinforced with necessary mechanisms for their implementation. Areas for further study included need to carry out a comprehensive study on the same topic to cover a wider geographical area of the whole of Somaliland. This will help to provide data for generalization
Description: A Thesis Presented to the School of Postgraduate Studies and Research Kampala International University Kampala, Uganda in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Master of Human Rights and Development
Appears in Collections:Masters of Human Rights and Development

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