Wife of Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode displaying a placard with “Say No To Female Genital Mutilation”, to mark the International Day of zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) .
Lagos Cautions Against Female Genital Mutilation
By Gina Emmanuel
Wife of Lagos State Governor,Mrs. Bolanle Ambode has tasked parents especially mothers and Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs) to continue to voice their concerns on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in Nigeria. While governments at all levels should also put in place the right statutes for total eradication of FMG in the country and in Africa by 2030.
Mrs. Ambode said this at Alausa, Ikeja to commemorate this year’s International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation.
According to her, female genital mutilation could be stamped out of Africa by 2030, if all individuals and institutions and stakeholders work together towards achieving that purpose.
Mrs. Ambode said that although the practice was well entrenched in the continent, with some countries recording up to 90 per cent prevalence among girls and women, the situation was not hopeless if the current advocacy was sustained or increased.
Said she: “The pace of penetration of awareness seems slow because the practice is an ancient one, deeply rooted in our various cultures but that does not make our efforts fruitless. Though progress may be slow, we are going somewhere as rural women, mothers and young girls, are becoming aware of the severe health implications of the barbaric practice.
“Few years ago, many women, even some educated ones, saw it as a normal and socially acceptable practice but the story is fast changing, as awareness is getting mileage and rural women are now campaigning against it.
The Governor’s wife implored governments at all levels to fight the practice with direct legislations, in the manner they are doing with some wicked anti-female practices.
She emphasised that FGM constituted an extreme form of discrimination against women and girls, directly violating their rights to health, security and physical integrity, wondering why women should be subjected to such life-threatening dehumanization.
Recall that February 6 every year, is set aside by the United Nations, as the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation across the world.