Table 1: Main characteristics of patients’ parents.

Parents’ characteristicsNumber (%)

Nationality
 Cote d’Ivoire 35 (58.3)
 Mali18 (30.0)
 Burkina Faso5 (8.3)
 Benin and Niger2 (3.4)
Ethnic groups
 Malinke and Senoufo (Cote d’Ivoire) 35 (58.3)
 Malinke, Bambara, Dogon, and Peulh (Mali)18 (30.0)
 Senoufo (Burkina Faso)5 (8.3)
 Hausas (Benin and Niger)2 (3.4)
Religion
 Muslim59 (98.3)
 Christian1 (1.7)
Level of educationMothersFathers
 Analphabets 40 (66.7) 33 (55.0)
 Primary school 9 (15.0) 19 (31.7)
 Secondary school 6 (10.0) 5 (8.3)
 High school 5 (8.3) 3 (5.0)
Decision makers
 Grandmothers43 (71.6)
 Mothers and aunts15 (25.0)
 Fathers 2 (3.4)
Parents’ motivations
 Virginity and chastity60 (100.0)
 Body cleanliness38 (63.3)
Clitoris: male organ and harmful38 (63.3)