As part of the Hacey Initiatives efforts to curb female genital mutilation (FGM) in the southern states of Nigeria, 1920 families, 65 traditional rulers and 55 policy makers have been Signed the FGM Commitment, while raising awareness among 150,000 community members in more than 370 outreach visits.
This was revealed by the Hacey Initiative during a media conversation organized by Hacey Imitiative under its Stop Cut project in Ibadan to educate journalists about the role of the media in protecting women and girls from the risky practices of FGM.
The Hacey Health Initiative involved journalists and other community stakeholders, as well as civil society organizations, in a one-day training session on how to educate the public about the dangers associated with female genital mutilation.
Mr. Emmanuel oni, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, Hacey Health Initiative, addressing the participants on the topic of the Stop Cutting Project highlighted that no less than 200 million women and girls worldwide are victims of FGM.
“Globally as many as 3 million girls are at risk of mutilation each year, and in Nigeria the prevalence of female genital mutilation is estimated at 15.1 percent and 8.2 percent among girls,” he said.
He added: “Female genital mutilation is a criminal offense so we need to get the media involved so they can help spread the word to people to stop it as it can lead to jail time and fines. Female genital mutilation Threats to the survival, development and productivity of women and girls.
“Without action, the global annual cost of treating complications is $1.4 billion and is expected to increase to $2.3 billion by 2047,” Oni said.
Referring to the goal of stopping the cutting project, Oni said the public needs to understand FGM and the need to abandon it.
“Provide education on laws and policies that protect women and girls from FGM propaganda in order to effectively implement FGM laws and policies at all levels,” said Oni.
Police officer OC Funke Ayenigbara in charge of FGM, Barrister Debora Collins of Oyo State Department of Justice, Dr Ayo Alaga of Iyalode and Mrs Balikis Olawoyin, representative of the Market Women’s Association of the state, in their separate statements Oyo state Female Genital Mutilation responsible for Rape and FGM The NSCDC coordinator for the case, Mr Afe Olurotimi, called on media practitioners to spread the message of ending FGM to the nooks and crannies of urban and rural areas.
They are optimistic that proper education on FGM will curb this threat.
Also present at the “Stop Cutting Media Dialogue and Press Conference” were representatives of women in the market, representatives of religious organizations, medical experts, senior government officials, representatives of Oyo NAWOJ and FIDA, among others.
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