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World Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2018, 6(1), 1-5
DOI: 10.12691/jpm-6-1-1
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Female Genital Mutilation in Nigeria; A Brief Sociological Review

Oluchi Anita Chukwuka Ogbu

Pub. Date: March 07, 2018

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Oluchi Anita Chukwuka Ogbu. Female Genital Mutilation in Nigeria; A Brief Sociological Review. World Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2018; 6(1):1-5. doi: 10.12691/jpm-6-1-1

Abstract

This paper is aimed at developing an insight into a preventable societal issue: the female genital mutilation (FGM), using sociological theories to explore its justifications. In Nigeria, FGM is historically predominant in her culture and traditions. In many cultures, it is perceived as a rites or initiation into womanhood as it includes a period of education and seclusion about responsibilities of a wife. The issue of Female genital mutilation in Nigeria is being tackled by the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF, the Economic Commission of Africa (FIGO) and many other organizations. The general public at all levels has been given an intensified education emphasizing on the undesirability and dangers of Female Genital Mutilation. Platform of Action adopted by the Beijing conference in 1995 called for FGM eradication by enforcing legislation against its perpetrators. However, in Nigeria there is no such law against FGM practice. This perhaps, remains one of the reasons why FGM control in the country is on slow declining progress.

Keywords:
female genital mutilation sociology

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