ADO-EKITI – A non-governmental organisation, the New Generation Girls and Women Development Initiative (NIGWD) has established a surveillance team to end the outlawed cultural practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in Moferere Community in Ekiti State.
The team, which was set up in partnership with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is saddled with the responsibility of interfacing with community on the need to abandon the FGM.
Experts tutored the participants at a two- day programme, on how to sensitise and sanitise Moferere area of Ado-Ekiti of the harmful act.
In her opening remarks, the Executive Director, NIGAWD, Mrs Abimbola Aladejare-Salako hinted that the motive behind the programme was to lower the FGM curve in Ekiti, particularly Moferere community.
She described FGM as dangerous and of no benefit to women folk, lamenting that it would be difficult for any FGM survivor to enjoy sex.
Other consequences of FGM listed included excessive bleeding, psychological trauma, physical pain and even death.
According to her, it is a myth that if a woman’s private part was not cut that such would affect her during child delivery or become promiscuous.
A resource person, Mr Gbenga Adesunloro urged victims of all firms of gender violence to speak out and report to appropriate quarters for necessary action.
Mr Adesunloro described Gender Based Violence as criminal act and urged those that were still involved in it to desist.
The resource person said victims of Gender-Based Violence such as rape and beating normally nurse the trauma for years.
He also condemned the act of child labour which he said was common among women.
In her contribution, Mrs Boladale Ojo emphasized on the need to obey all COVID-19 rule to prevent the spread of the virus and urged those who have not be vaccinated against the virus to do so.
The participants commended NIGWAD, saying they would extend the experience gained during the programme to other people to eradicate female Genital-Mutilation in the country.