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Genital Mutilation: Osun First Lady Calls For An End to Practice

The wife of Osun State Governor,state of Osun, Mrs. Kafayat Oyetola wants all relevant stakeholders to team up with government in forming a synergy to eradicate the harmful practice of Female Genital Mutilation.

Mrs. Oyetola made the call in a release to mark International Day of Zero tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation with the theme, “NO TIME FOR GLOBAL INACTION, UNITE, FUND, AND ACT TO END FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION” .

She noted that with the provision of an improved but relevant health care for women and girl child arising from the complications of Female Genital Mutilation, the harmful practice will go into total extinction in the society.

Mrs. Oyetola said though various reports from all quarters in Osun on dealing with Female Genital Mutilation have been encouraging, still the prevailing data again about Osun in the latest report of the Nigeria Demographic and Health Survey requires more efforts from all and sundry to put an end to the barbaric practice.

The current COVID-19 pandemic in the world according to her, has placed an additional heavy burden on the society thereby crippling the drive to eradicate the dangerous traditional practice of Female Genital Mutilation.

To drive home her commitment to fighting the uncivil and unhealthy practices, Mrs Oyetola called for more multi-sectoral intervention and advocacy including media sensitization and awareness campaigns for proper dissemination of FGM laws to achieve tangible results in the drive to end the practice in Osun and Nigeria.

Funmi Adekoya

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