The Impact of Female Circumcision on primary school pupils: The Case of Moshi Rural District

Masambu, Juster Siriwa (2012) The Impact of Female Circumcision on primary school pupils: The Case of Moshi Rural District. Masters thesis, The Open University of Tanzania.

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The main objective of this study was to explore the social cultural factors that propel female circumcision practice among the Chagga communities in Moshi rural district. The study attempted to answer various questions in order to meet its specific objectives, which were to identify the form and essence of sexuality among Chagga in Moshi District, determine the social cultural factors driving female circumcision practice in Moshi district, and assess the effects of female circumcision to primary school girls in Moshi district. The study was a case study research design, the population of which was selected using stratified and simple random sampling procedures, while three instruments, face to face interview, questionnaire and focus group discussions were used in collecting data. In relation to the study objective, it was evident that the persistent practice of female circumcision in Moshi rural district is driven by different social cultural factors. These were identified as acceptance in the community, preserving cultural norms, beliefs and tradition, teaching young girls the way to behave toward their in-laws and husband, bringing chance and respect in the family, increasing young girls’ chance to marriage, and reducing sexual addiction to young girls and women in the community. As recommendations, the government should plan and conduct surveys and investigations elsewhere in the country to determine the socio-cultural values associated to this practice. It should also conduct open discussions with community members in order to get their views and insights with regard to female circumcision. On top of that, the government should promote this practice by legalizing and improving environments and conditions to perform the circumcision to women.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: 300 Social Sciences > 360 Social services; association
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Sociology and social work
Depositing User: Mr Habibu Kazimzuri
Date Deposited: 14 Jan 2016 12:02
Last Modified: 14 Jan 2016 12:02

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