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Original Research

An analysis of YouTube videos on female genital mutilation as a global issue


1  Van Yüzüncü Yıl University, Medical Faculty, Department of Urology, Van, Turkey
2 Van Yüzüncü Yıl University, Medical Faculty, Department of Pediatric Surgery, Van, Turkey

ABSTRACT

Objective: Female genital mutilation is the removal of female genital organs for non-medi-cal reasons, which is widely practiced worldwide. Female genital mutilation is a dark subject for the scientific world since it is often practiced in closed societies. In this study, we aimed to evaluate the role of YouTube videos in the prevention of female genital mutilation.

Material and Methods: In this cross-sec-tional study, an internet search was conducted on YouTube.com on May 1, 2021, using the keywords «female genital mutilation» and «female circumci-sion» on a web browser with a clear cache and lat-est updates. Search results were evaluated in terms of the demographic characteristics of uploaders and the quality and reliability of the videos.

Results: Most of the videos were shared by women. The videos shared by women and health-care professionals were higher quality and more reliable compared to videos uploaded by men and religious personnel.

Conclusion: YouTube.com videos may be beneficial for the prevention of female genital mutilation, but more attention should be paid to this issue, particularly by healthcare professionals, and more reliable videos with the higher quality should be shared.


ABSTRACT

Objective: Female genital mutilation is the removal of female genital organs for non-medi-cal reasons, which is widely practiced worldwide. Female genital mutilation is a dark subject for the scientific world since it is often practiced in closed societies. In this study, we aimed to evaluate the role of YouTube videos in the prevention of female genital mutilation.

Material and Methods: In this cross-sec-tional study, an internet search was conducted on YouTube.com on May 1, 2021, using the keywords «female genital mutilation» and «female circumci-sion» on a web browser with a clear cache and lat-est updates. Search results were evaluated in terms of the demographic characteristics of uploaders and the quality and reliability of the videos.

Results: Most of the videos were shared by women. The videos shared by women and health-care professionals were higher quality and more reliable compared to videos uploaded by men and religious personnel.

Conclusion: YouTube.com videos may be beneficial for the prevention of female genital mutilation, but more attention should be paid to this issue, particularly by healthcare professionals, and more reliable videos with the higher quality should be shared.

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