Assessment of Radio Campaigns in the fight against Female Genital Mutilation in Nigeria: A Study of Resident Mothers in Owerri Metropolis

AUTHOR: 1Maurice. A. Onyiriuka, 1Okolie, Uloma R.,1Orji, Sabestine, Ekeziel Samuel, 1Ohiri Chinedu George. 2Orji Uchenna Franklin

1Department of Mass Communication, Imo State University, Owerri

2Department of Mass Communication, Imo State Polytechnic, Umuagwo, Orlu Campus

PUBLISHED: OCTOBER 2017

ABSTRACT

The study was on radio programmes and female genital mutilation: A study of resident mothers in Owerri Metropolis. It aimed at ascertaining the level exposure to radio programmes among mothers in Owerri metropolis and whether exposure to radio programmes influenced mothers’ participation in the fight against female genital mutilation. The study adopted survey research approach.  Multi-stage cluster sampling technique was used for this study.  A sample size of 400 was drawn from the population of 296581 women in Owerri metropolis. Closed-ended questionnaire was used as instrument for data collection. Data obtained were presented and analyzed simple percentages and frequencies tables while chi-square was used for testing of research hypotheses. The researcher found that mothers in Owerri metropolis are exposed to radio programmes in the fight against female genital mutilation extensively. It was study revealed that exposure to radio programmes influenced mothers in participation in the fight against female genital mutilation. The researcher therefore, recommended for health care providers to achieve the desired goals of reaching out to the actual people for whom such programmes are intended for, adequate information on  the need to abstain from female genital mutilation, should be reported through the mass media, especially radio. It was also, recommended for community base radio stations that need to be man by stakeholders in health, to educate, enlighten, sensitize and mobilize the citizens of the state towards participating in the fight against female genital mutilation in the state.

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