The Mothers And Marginalised Advocacy Centre (MAMA Centre) is calling for the full adoption and full implementation of the Violence Against Persons Prohibition (VAPP) act, across states of the Federation.
The Executive Director, MAMA Centre, Chioma Kanu, made the disclosure on the occasion of the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation 2021.
She said this is part of actualisation of Goal 5.3 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, ratified to protect dignity, integrity, end Gender-Based Violence, and eliminate Female Genital Mutilation at all levels by 2030.
MAMA centre is also demanding targeted actions, integrated advocacy and unified fund to amplify and deepen awareness, especially at community levels, where the practices continue unabated, to end Female Genital Mutilation.
“We are calling for enhanced policy actions in stringent implementation of relevant legal provisions to sanction perpetrators and foster behavioural change.”
The centre is also calling for community-led approach that mainstreams traditional rulers, community women leaders in
mass education planning and process to end FGM practice.
” We acknowledged efforts hitherto directed towards eliminating Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) practices in Nigeria. It demands strict implementation of legal provisions and community-led approach to ensure compliance.”
The Executive Director also expressed concern regarding short and long term complications of Female Genital Mutilation.
” The risk include sexually transmitted infections, complications of pelvic inflammatory diseases, Urinary Tract Infections, increased susceptibility to HIV/AIDS, among other dreadful repercussions that ultimately hampers mental health, healthy reproductive life and rights of women.”