Predictors of female genital cutting among university students in northern Nigeria

J Obstet Gynaecol. 2012 May;32(4):387-92. doi: 10.3109/01443615.2012.666582.


Female genital cutting (FGC) is a harmful cultural practice that is perpetrated against women and children. Little is known about the extent of this custom among university students in northern Nigeria. Using self-administered questionnaires, we studied the prevalence and determinants of FGC among female university students in Kano, Nigeria (n =359). The prevalence of FGC was 12.1% (95% confidence interval =8.8-15.8%). Awareness and disapproval of FGC among the study population was very high (96% and 91%, respectively). In multivariate regression models, ethnicity and geographic origin were significant predictors of female circumcision. A comprehensive legal and educational framework and the support of civil society, governments and development partners is required to address this form of gender discrimination.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Circumcision, Female / ethnology
  • Circumcision, Female / statistics & numerical data*
  • Culture
  • Educational Status
  • Female
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Nigeria
  • Prevalence
  • Students
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Universities
  • Young Adult