As part of measures of ending Female Genital Mutilation in Nigeria, a Non Governmental Organisation, Education as a Vaccine (EVA) organized a webinar to sensitize youth and adolescents in Nigeria.
Speaking at the event, the Executive Director, One Life Initiative for Human Development, Sola Fagorunsi called on the Federal government to come up with rules and laws that will help combat the practice of FGM.
He also charged Nollywood actors and those in the entertainment sector to produce drama and songs on female genital mutilation to enhance advocacy and awareness in our community.
Fagorunsi identified states such as Kaduna, Jigawa, Imo, Eboyi, Edo, Delta and Ogun as states that still practice and supports FGM in Nigeria.
He added that there are different types of FGM practiced in different traditions.
“The reason this practices is still prevailing is due to the fact that people believe in their tradition. There is need to curb this practices considering the negative impact FGM poses.”
The representative of the Value for Community Enhancement, Mr Ademola Adebisi explained that there is need to understand the values and belief of a community, so as to map out strategies on how positive change can be made in the communities.
“This has been the standard of living they have become accustomed to over the years. As we know women are the one affected by this traditions and we need to support them to end the practice”.
“So going into this community to bring about changes is going to be difficult, and it takes time and understanding for this value and belief to be changed, because most of this young girls love this traditions”.
“In order for FGM goals to be achieved, there is need for better understanding between the community stakeholders. Advocacy enhancement is needed as a method of approach to get better results. It will also aid most FGM survivals to speak up so to encourage others and possibly bring FGM to an end”.
Speaking on the negative effect FGM poses, Aderibigbe Costly, Executive Director,Value Female Network highlighted excess bleeding, Urinary clonic pain and infection, kidney failure and also sexual dissatisfaction as aftermath effect of Female Genital Mutilation.
She said it may lead to obstructive labour or tube blockage in some instances.
She urged young people to unite together in ending the age long menance.
Mrs. Aderibigbe added that young people have the power to bring this practices to an end, because FGM lead to the problems and breakup in most marriages.