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FMG: Stakeholders Call for Intensive Awareness Drive

Stakeholders have been called upon to intensify awareness campaign on ways to end female genital mutilation.

This was the submission of respondents on the occasion of International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, FGM.

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), also known as female genital cutting and female circumcision, is the ritual cutting or removal of some or all of the external female genitalia. 

The practice, which is very prominent in African communities, has been faced with series of campaigns and advocacies, calling for an end to the barbaric practice.

Government agencies, nongovernmental organizations and other stakeholders have been actively involved in the fight against the scourge.

With the theme of the International Day Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, FGM, it appears that much still needed to be done in the area of awareness campaign against FGM as many still engage in the practice.

A civil servant in a semi-rural environment in Surulere Local Government Area of Oyo State, who admitted that FGM had disadvantages, believe that its advantages are overwhelming

Wife of a traditional ruler, Mrs Jewel Akintola, who expressed regrets that FGM was still being practiced in some quarters, said victims were subjected to self esteem.

Mrs Akintola said though the practice was fading out gradually, there was the need for more sensitization especially at the grassroots to ensure zero tolerance to FGM.

To a medical practitioner, Paul Ajagbe, FGM was a practice which exposed victims to primary and secondary danger which included infertility.

A cross section of secondary school students, who spoke with Radio Nigeria in Oko town, Oyo state demonstrated a level of awareness on dangers of FGM and implored government and other stakeholders to intensify campaigns against female genital mutilation.

Adedayo Adelowo

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