By Olumide Ogunbiyi

Female Genital Cutting is a barbaric trend that must be halted in society.

This was the submission of stakeholders at an event put together by the United Nations Population Fund, UNFPA, and Oyo State Government in collaboration with the Center for Population and Reproductive Health, CPRH, to commemorate the International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM.

Speaking on the theme “Partnership with Men and Boys to Transform Social and Gender Norms to end FGM”, the Director of the Center for Population and Reproductive, CPRH, Professor Oladosu Ojengbede said FGM was a practice that should be relegated to the background.

He described it as a scourge which must be tackled by all and sundry. Professor Ojengbede said the event was a collaboration of stakeholders to raise awareness of the need to end FGM.

 “it is raising awareness using this day which has been designated globally to bring in more men, those who are involved and who may be involved, to bring them together so that they can actually drive it, if the men support it, women will be more protected”

On her part, a legal practitioner, Mrs Deborah Collins highlighted the position of the law on FGM urging the public to do away with all practices that could make them contravene the law.

A participant, Mr Adegboye Otunla, a member of the “Oloola family”, when lending his voice to the clamour to end FGM, charged concerned authorities to put all hands on deck to give the girl child the desired respect and honour.

 “I am saying it, the Oloolas will not do it, because we use to tell our people, if you do and you’re caught, you’re on your own”

The programme had in attendance traditional circumcisers drawn from across Oyo state.

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