Problem of Female Genital Mutilation in Narok District – Kenya: A Case Study of Maasai Mara, Narok District

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Kampala International University, bachelors degree of social sciences
A cross section study carried out on 20th April - 10th May 2007 in Maasai Mara District, Kenya. The study was to find factors that contribute rampant FGM: 90 respondents were interviewed both male and female of 10 and above years of age. The majority of the respondents 80 [89%] female had undergone FGM and the 10 [ 11 % ] had not undergone FGM; the majority of female respondents 40 [80%] support FGM while 8 [17%] were against. The study found that most male respondents 19 [59%] are against FGM, while less than half 13 [ 41 % ] support it, the reasons cited are culture 6 [26% ], need for FGM [17%], forces 5 [26%] as said that FGM makes a woman acceptable for marriage. Eradication of FGM girl child education should be strict in the whole community at least to complete O' Level, also community education so as to enlighten them about the dangers that arise associated with FGM. Health workers should be warned as not to carry out procedures as many do for money. Tradition women "surgeons" should be helped to get other ways of earning, discourage the practice in the community or else be held responsible. Men also should be encouraged to play a role by marrying uncircumcised woman to reduce this contributing factor.
A Dissertation Submitted to the Faculty of Social Sciences for the Partial Fulfillment for the Award of Degree in Bachelor of Social Sciences
Female Genital Mutilation, Narok District