Communities In Iseyin Sign Pact To End Female Genital Mutilation
The campaign against female genital mutilation in Oyo state has recorded another feat as thirty six communities under Ilado, Oju Baba, Molete and Iserin in Iseyin local government area of Oyo state publicly declared abandonment of the practise.
This followed series of sensitization and stakeholder’s meetings against female cutting by the Oyo state national Orientation Agency and UNICEF in the affected communities which commenced about four years ago.
At the event held with pomp and ceremony at the Iseyin Local government Secretariat, some residents of the communities said their decision to end FGM was borne out of the dangers inherent in the practise.
In an address, Oyo state Director, NOA, Mrs Dolapo Dosunmu commended community leaders for taking such decision and promised the agency’s commitment to achieving total elimination of Female genital mutilation in Oyo state.
In a goodwill message, Southwest FGM coordinator of the United Nations Children Fund, UNICEF, Mrs Aderonke Olutayo said a Surveillance team that will monitor hospitals, health workers, and traditional birth attendants will soon be inaugurated and trained to ensure total compliance.
Earlier, the Aseyin of Iseyin, Dr. Abdulganiy Adekunle who said the communities are convinced beyond doubt that there are no health benefit in the practise of FGM expressed his full support to the elimination of the practise.
Some of the Community leaders drawn from each affected communities later signed witness forms and were presented with FGM abandonment certificate by UNICEF.