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Table 1 Socio-demographic characteristics of study participants

From: Women’s empowerment and female genital mutilation intention for daughters in Sierra Leone: a multilevel analysis

Variable Frequency Percentage
(n) (%)
Individual level factors   
Labour force participation   
 Yes 5,146 80.5
 No 1249 19.5
Wife beating acceptance   
 Low 2,066 32.3
 Medium 2,519 39.4
 High 1,810 28.3
Women’s knowledge level   
 Low 2,297 35.9
 Medium 2,151 33.6
 High 1,946 30.4
Decision making power   
 Low 2155 33.7
 Medium 2277 35.6
 High 1963 30.7
Age   
 15–19 187 2.9
 20–24 775 12.1
 25–29 1,448 22.7
 30–34 1,417 22.2
 35–39 1,350 21.1
 40–44 680 10.6
 45–49 537 8.4
Wealth index   
 Poorest 1,469 23.0
 Poorer 1,428 22.3
 Middle 1,406 22.0
 Richer 1,194 18.7
 Richest 898 14.0
Partner’s education   
 No education 4,212 67.0
 Primary 562 8.9
 Secondary + 1,517 24.1
Circumcised   
 No 153 2.4
 Yes 6,242 97.6
Contextual level   
 Social acceptance of FGM/C   
 No 2,259 35.3
 Yes 4,136 64.7
Required by religion   
 No 2,366 37.0
 Yes 4,028 63.0
Family head   
 Male 5,066 79.2
 Female 1,329 20.8
Region   
 Eastern 1,672 26.2
 Northern 2,513 39.3
 Southern 1,488 23.3
 Western 722 11.3
Residence   
 Urban 1,545 24.2
 Rural 4,850 75.8
  1. Source: 2013 Sierra Leone Demographic and Health Survey