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Group reiterates commitment to end FGM in Nigeria



Group reiterates commitment to end FGM in Nigeria

By Ikenna Osuoha

Save Our Heritage Initiative (SOHI), an Abuja-based NGO, on Tuesday reaffirmed its commitment to end female genital mutilation (FGM) in Nigeria.

Ms May Ikokwu, the group’s chief executive officer (CEO), said this in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency (NAN) in Abuja.

Ikokwu described female genital mutilation as not only barbaric and cruel, but a total violation of human rights against girls and women.

She extolled the virtues of women as mothers of nations who deserved dignity and not dehumanizing treatment like mutilation.

“No healthy culture today will support or support female genital mutilation because it is not only cruel, but deliberate torture of the girl or the woman.

“Excision of girls and women can lead to infertility, bacterial infections, cysts and depression.

“We must all oppose it because it is traumatic, repulsive, dehumanizing and capable of hindering the progress and development of girls and women,” she said.

Ikokwu explained that it was time to start educating traditional people who performed FGM about the dangers of the practice, as they often played other central roles in communities, such as attending childbirths.

The SOHI boss said that female genital mutilation reflects deep-rooted inequality between the sexes and constitutes extreme degrading treatment for girls and women.

Ikokwu said female genital mutilation can cause severe bleeding and urinary problems, and later cysts, infections, as well as complications during childbirth and an increased risk of newborn deaths.

According to her, in many settings, healthcare providers practice female genital mutilation because of the belief that the procedure is safer when performed in an orthodox manner, but it is a mistake and should be completely discouraged. .

The Nigerian News Agency (NAN) reports that FGM includes all procedures that involve the partial or total removal of the female external genitalia, or other damage to the female genitalia for non-medical reasons.

The World Health Organization (WHO) strongly urges healthcare providers not to perform FFG. (NAN) ()

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