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FC should continue because: Required by religion (open-ended question)

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Women who stated that female circumcision should continue (in FCCONTINU) were asked a follow-up question about why it should continue. FCCRELIG captures whether they said the practice should continue because of the demands of religion.


Apart from universe differences and slight differences in question wording, FCCRELIG is largely comparable across samples.

Comparability - Standard DHS

FCCRELIG is included in neither the standard DHS questionnaire nor in any of the three versions of the standard DHS module on female circumcision.


  • Central African Republic 1995: Women age 15-49 who think FC should continue.
  • Cote d'Ivoire 1998: Women age 15-49 who think FC should continue.
  • Egypt 1995: Ever-married women age 15-49 who have heard of FC and think FC should continue.
  • Mali 1995: All women age 15-49.
  • Niger 1998: Women age 15-49 who think FC should continue.
  • Nigeria 1999: Women age 10-49 who think FC should continue.
  • Central African Republic: 1995-W, 1995-C, 1995-B
  • Cote d'Ivoire: 1998-W, 1998-C, 1998-B
  • Egypt: 1995-C, 1995-B, 1995-W, 1995-W
  • Mali: 1995-W, 1995-C, 1995-B
  • Niger: 1998-B, 1998-C, 1998-W
  • Nigeria: 1999-B, 1999-C, 1999-W