*Stakeholders lend voices to survivors
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) at the weekend, alerted that more than 200 million women have undergone Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) with 4.4M women and girls at risk.
Representative of UNFPA, Madam Uzoma Ayodeji made this known while speaking at a programme to commemorate the International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM 2024 held at the Jericho Nursing Home, Ibadan.
She stressed that there is the urgent need for stakeholders to intensify to prevent the 4.4million women and girls from being at the risk of FGM .
Madam Ayodeji stressed at the programme themed, ‘Her Voice, Her Future: Investing in Survivor’ that UNFPA, “is putting in more efforts towards ensuring the prevalent rate in Oyo State will decline further.
” More than 200 million women have undergone FGM and 4.4 million women and girls will be at risk if efforts aren’t intensified. UNFPA is putting in more efforts to ensure the prevalent rate in Oyo State will decline further”, she said.
Madam Ayodeji added, “This year’s theme is investing in survival led movement to amplify the voice against FGM. We want to ensure that this shame is removed from the faces of women and girls”.
The Director, Centre for Comprehensive Promotion of Reproductive Health Prof. Oladosu Ojengbede while speaking at the programme said more importance should be placed on survivors.
Prof Ojengbede stressed, “it is the voice of the survivors that people want to hear for the benefit of people yet unborn.
” The effect of preventing FGM is part of the motivation we have to continue to do the work we are doing.” he said.
Prof Ojengbede added, “It is not just to talk about it at a point in time and it ends, I hope today will be another day to reeducate the mind to support the movement against FGM”.
The Chief Medical Director (CMD) of Jericho Nursing Home Ibadan, Dr Bashir Kasika said, “we have the sexual assault referral centre here and we all understand that it covers every sexual related issues including FGM.”
Dr Kasika while thanking UNFPA and CCPRH for holding the event at the nursing home, stressed “our doors will always be remain open to you and every survivor whenever you are in need of us.”
The programme themed ‘Her Voice, Her Future: Investing in Survivor Led Movement to End FGM’ is aimed at encouraging survivors of FGM to speak up to further enhance the fight against FGM in Oyo State and Nigeria at large.