Ogun State government organized a workshop to sensitize people on the dangers of female genital mutilation.
The Ogun State Government has solicited the support of traditional rulers to help check female genital mutilation in the state and other harmful traditional practices.
The Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Elizabeth Sonubi, stated this while declaring open a sensitization workshop organized by her Ministry and the United Nations Population Fund, UNFPA.
She equally sought collaboration with community and opinion leaders in the state and neighbouring Lagos state, observing that going by the World Health Organization estimates, over 140 million women and girls around the world experienced different forms of harmful practices like genital mutilation.
The Commissioner regretted that such crude method is still being practiced in over 28 countries of the world.
She said female genital mutilation remains predominantly high because of the erroneous cultural belief that it can reduce libido and waywardness of girls during adolescence. Ms. Sonubi called for all hands to be on deck in order to stop this harmful practice.
“We are calling on all community leaders, Baales and chiefs to help in spreading the good news; we are saying no to violence against women, no to female genital mutilation, we have to put an end to maternal mortality. This is the time we are saying women should have privilege of womanhood and their rights exercised”, she stated.
Ms. Sonubi noted that the workshop was organised to further build partnerships and platforms for increased advocacy and awareness among the community and opinion leaders from the two States towards stemming the prevalence of harmful practices affecting women and increasing capacity of the participants on ways of improving maternal and reproductive health.
Also speaking, the Director, Development Partnership Department, Lagos State Ministry of Budget and Planning, Mrs Folasade Faseun said the step taken by Ogun state to stop female genital mutilation and other harmful practices among women is a timely and welcome development