SARA (Chad)






IndexAfricaChad → Sara


Most women are being circumcised between ages 8 and 12[1] (ref. p256) or 10-15 (results, p260). “The relative focus on sexuality, whether on a conscious or symbolic level, during the initiation period and via the circumcision ritual remains unclear and merits further investigation. […] [c]ircumcision is not solely about preserving women’s chastity or regulating their sexual behavior” (p262).



Additional reading:


  • Leonard, L. (2000) Adopting Female "Circumcision" in Southern Chad: The Experience of Myabe, in Shell-Duncan, B. & Hernlund, Y. (Eds. Female ‘Circumcision’ in Africa: Culture, Controversy, and Change. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers, p167-91









Janssen, D. F., Growing Up Sexually. Volume I. World Reference Atlas. 0.2 ed. 2004. Berlin: Magnus Hirschfeld Archive for Sexology

Last revised: Sept 2004


[1] Leonard, L. (1996) Female circumcision in southern Chad: origins, meaning, and current practice, Soc Sci & Med 43,2:255-63