During the weekend; a group, Edo Women’s Development Initiative (EWDI) called on the Federal Government and the media to collaborate in stopping the practice which the United Nations has classified as violence against women. They made this move as the world marked the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).
It is estimated that over 200 million girls and women globally have undergone the unfortunate experience and of that number, 40 million Nigerian women have been affected.
The group called on the federal government to ban the practice and it also charged the media to embark on urgent sensitisation against the practice. Rosaline Okosun the chairperson of the group said that the health risk, physiological and physical effects “are extensive and irreversible and negatively impacts the sexual, reproductive and mental health wellbeing of victims. In some cases FGM leads to death.”
“EWDI believes that FGM is not acceptable in the 21st century” and called on the government to implement the violence against person’s prohibition law (VAPP) and ensure it’s domesticated in all the states of Nigeria”. she said and they called on the authorities to view the practice of FGM as a serious human right violation that it is, and address it as such.