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Table 1 Socio-demographic characteristics of the respondents, Bale zone, Oromia region, South-East Ethiopia, May, 2014

From: Prevalence of female genital mutilation and its effect on women’s health in Bale zone, Ethiopia: a cross-sectional study

Characteristics Frequency Percent
Age of respondent   
15-20 101 16.3
20-25 163 26.3
26-30 128 20.7
31-35 57 9.2
36-49 170 27.5
Marital status   
Single 6 1
Married 574 92.7
Divorced 25 4
Widowed 14 2.3
Religion   
Muslim 366 59.1
Orthodox 226 36.5
Protestant 27 4.4
Ethnicity   
Oromo 540 87.2
Amhara 79 12.8
Respondents’ educational status   
Unable to read and write 229 37
Read and write 9 1.5
10 education 233 37.6
20 and above education 148 23.9
Husband education   
Unable to read and write 129 22.5
Read and write 25 4.4
10 education 206 35.9
20 and above education 214 37.3
Respondents’ occupation   
House wife 448 72.4
Gov Employee 33 5.3
Self employee 10 1.6
Farmer 24 3.9
Merchant 84 13.6
*Other 20 3.2
Residence   
Rural 129 20.8
Urban 490 79.2
  1. *Students and daily labor.