Assessing the Practice of Female Genital Mutilation in the Paynesville Community, Liberia

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), often known as female circumcision, is a deeply ingrained traditional and cultural practise that has long been practised in Liberia and across the African continent. In Liberia, various variations of the ritual are still practised by a number of ethnic groups. Because of the great level of secrecy surrounding its practise, FGM is considered a delicate topic. A standard questionnaire was provided to a sample size of 409 females in eight Paynesville settlements in an attempt to study the practise of FGM in the community. ELWA Community, Joe Bar, and 72nd, Jacob Town, Red Light/Gobachop, Pipeline, Soul Clinic, and Cocoa Cola Factory were the villages picked. FGM was practised by 43.03 percent (176) of the 409 females examined, according to the findings of the study. The Gbandi, Kpelle, Gio, Lorma, Vai, Mano, Bassa, and Kissi ethnic groups had the most positive respondents. The Americo-Liberians, Kru, Sarpo, and Grebo ethnic groups were the most vocal in their opposition to FGM. FGM was vehemently opposed by a substantial number of the respondents for a variety of reasons, including the act’s pain, difficulty during delivery, social, religious, physical, and psychological harm, and fistula. Despite this, some people were in favour of the practise because of its strong traditional roots and feeling that it is a part of their cultural history. FGM is a rite that has negative physical and psychological implications and should be avoided. The other components of the FGM ritual that have to do with the cultivation of virtues, on the other hand, must be preserved.

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Augustine K. Ballah
Jinan University, Guangzhou, 510630, China.

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