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Table 3 Attitudes of Gambian health care professionals towards FGM/C

From: Knowledge, attitudes and practices of female genital mutilation/cutting among health care professionals in The Gambia: a multiethnic study

  Total HCP (%) HCP by ethnic group (%) HCP by sex (%)
   Mandinka Djola Wolof Fula Serer Men Women
Do you think that the practice of FGM/C should continue? (a)         
Yes 42.5 57.3 39.0 20.7 42.9 23.8 45.7 37.4
No 57.5 42.7 61.0 79.3 57.1 76.2 54.3 62.6
Do you think that girls that have not undergone FGM/C should be discriminated?         
Yes 12.8 16.6 14.6 12.1 10.4 9.5 11.8 14.1
No 87.2 83.4 85.4 87.9 89.6 90.5 88.2 85.9
Do you think that the practice of FGM/C can ever be eliminated in The Gambia?         
Yes 45.2 39.2 31.7 64.3 38.2 64.7 43.4 48.6
No 54.8 60.8 68.3 35.7 61.8 35.3 56.6 51.4
Do you think it is a good idea for men to be concerned on the debate on FGM/C?         
Yes 78.3 69.5 85.4 89.8 83.3 90.5 80.5 75.0
No 21.7 30.5 14.6 10.2 16.7 9.5 19.5 25.0
Do you think HCP workers have a role to play in eliminating FGM/C?(b)         
Yes 73.0 59.8 70.0 89.7 80.5 90.0 70.2 77.4
No 27.0 40.2 30.0 10.3 19.5 10.0 29.8 22.6
What do you think of ‘medicalizing’ FGM/C? (c)         
It makes the practice safer 42.9 56.1 46.2 15.4 41.7 21.1 49.8 32.7
It is a way of encouraging FGM/C 16.5 17.7 15.4 11.5 20.8 10.5 17.7 14.8
It should be stopped at all levels 40.6 26.2 38.5 73.1 37.5 68.4 32.5 52.5
  1. (a) For ethnic group Chi-square = 29.9; P-value = 0.000.
  2. (b) For ethnic group Chi-square = 19.2; P-value = 0.002.
  3. (c) For sex Chi-square = 16.49; P-value = 0.000.