Rites of passage
In Djibouti, clitoridectomy and circumcision are a part of their reality and as such an Afar, Arab, and Somali tradition, despite these practices being highly criticized by human rights groups across the world.
Many Djiboutians believe that these practices bind them and strengthen social cohesion and fertility. Virginity is highly regarded in Djibouti because it brings immense honor to the family. So to them, it is necessary to perform clitoridectomies which preserve virginity.
Nonetheless, most Djiboutian women are very sensitive to this discussion and anyone looking to engage in this conversation must tread cautiously.