Female Genital Mutilation: Right Abuse, Inhuman, Gender-based Violence, says CAMAC
…set to launch Media Campaign on Zero Tolerance for FGM
By Habila Victor, Kaduna
Center for Media Advocacy for Mother and Child (CAMAC) on Saturday described Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), as abuse on the right of women, inhuman and violence against women and girls.
Executive Director of CAMAC, Alex Uangbaoje in a statement to commemorate the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, said despite global campaigns to end the act, several countries, especially in Africa including Nigeria are still practicing it.
According to Him, United Nations in 2019 revealed that “at least 200 million girls and women alive today have had their genitals mutilated, suffering one of the most inhuman acts of gender-based violence in the world.”
Alex, noted that this inhuman act has deprived millions of women their right to enjoy sexual intercourse which has led to the destruction of so many marriages.
Female genital mutilation (FGM) involves the partial or total removal of external female genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons. The Female genital cutting is mostly carried out on young girls between infancy and age fifteen.
“Nigeria and Nigerians must join the campaign to end this barbaric act. FGM has no positive impact on the life of girls and women, rather it takes away their God given right and inflict everlasting pains that no medical therapy can correct.
“Even though the Nigerian Government in 2015, enacted a law banning FGM, the act is still being practiced in some parts of the country. It is time Nigeria enforces the law to the letter by putting strong measures in place.” He said.
He expressed worries over UNICEF, joint statement with UNFPA to mark the 2021 International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM, that “2 million additional cases of female genital mutilation may occur over the next decade as COVID-19 shutters schools and disrupts programmes that help protect girls from this harmful practice.”
A situation he said, everyone need to fight against to avoid it and achieve the Sustainable Development Goal 2030 target to eliminate it.
He disclosed that as a media advocacy group, CAMAC, has concluded an arrangement to launch a media campaign on Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation as part of her work plan for 2021.
Alex said some Nigerians told CAMAC that the effects of FGM is one that no one would wish their enemy because it takes away the joy of marriage from women and their spouses.
He quoted Mr. Nwabueze, as saying “if not because i love my wife i would have divorced her by now due to the fact that our sexual experience as a couple has been affected because her being a of FGM.
“60% and above of married men from Igbo extraction cheat on their women because of how FGM has affected their relationship as husband and wife.”
According to UNICEF and UNFPA, “The same interventions that will end female genital mutilation will also support the power and agency of girls and women to exercise their human rights, reach their potential and contribute fully to their communities and futures. The elimination of female genital mutilation and gender equality are interdependent, mutually reinforcing goals. Simply put, if gender equality were a reality, there would be no female genital mutilation. This is the world we envision, and the Sustainable Development Goals chart the path to get us there.”
CAMAC is a media advocacy group that focus on advocating for policies and programmes that favour vulnerable women, adolescent girls and children in areas of education, health, child’s rights, protection, development and survival, while also drawing the attention of government and other stakeholders to their plight, with the view to finding lasting solutions to their problem. As well as creating awareness and sensitizing the public on the above areas.