NAWOJ Lagos seeks end to FGM in Nigeria

According to the 2008/2009 Kenya Demographic and Health Survey (KDHS), an estimated 39.7 percent of girls and women in the larger Meru community had undergone FGM. However, the practice is widespread in areas of Tharaka Nithi. To address this, Plan has been implementing the âBuilding Skills for Girls for Lifeâ projectâ in Tharaka for the last three years with a focus on education. The aim of the project is to empower girls to make better informed decisions and reach out to boys and men to influence their attitudes and beliefs. To further step up the fight against FGM, Plan is joining efforts with the cultural elders in the Tharaka Nithi community to seek their support in changing attitudes toward FGM and other forms of Gender-Based Violence (GBV) against girls and women. The elders have strongly condemned the practice, calling for FGM studies to be included in the school syllabus to educate school children about the dangers of the practice.
FILE: Female genital mutilation is a menace in many parts of Nigeria and Africa.

The Nigerian Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) Lagos State Chapter has joined the rest of the world to commemorate the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).
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In line with this year’s theme “Partnering with Men and Boys to Transform Social and Gender Norms to End FGM”, the association calls on the global community to foster engagement and accelerate the elimination of this harmful practice and uplift the voices of women and girls.

According to The World Health Organisation (WHO), more than 200 million girls and women have suffered FGM in 30 countries across Africa, the Middle East, and Asia where it is performed. The act which is typically performed on young girls between the ages of one and fifteen, is evil in its entirety because it is done without consideration for a woman’s future and ultimately kills her sexuality.

The association condemned the act of FGM as a destructive practice in which the female genital organs are partially or completely removed.

According to the Chairperson of NAWOJ, Adeola Ekine, “This horrible deed is done without medical reasons and it needs to cease to avert more harm to our young ladies. It indicates continued gender inequality and is a serious sort of injustice against girls and women.”

A young woman’s right to life, in cases where it results in death, as well as her right to health, safety, and physical integrity, as well as her right to be free from torture and other cruel, inhumane, or humiliating treatment, are all violated by FGM.

The practice can cause excessive bleeding, urinary problems, cysts, infections, challenging deliveries, and an increased risk of stillbirth for girls and women. It also has no beneficial effects on their health. Lagos NAWOJ is urging the proper authorities to ensure that the practice is entirely eliminated in all the tribes that are still engaged in it.
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