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Ambode Bemoan Prevalent Cases Of Female Genital Mutilation In Lagos

Lagos State Governor has lament prevalent cases of female genital mutilation in the state, saying the percentage of people that indulge in the practice is
worrisome

The governor spoke at an event organized by Hope for Women in Nigeria Initiative (HOFOWEM) in collaboration with UNICEF, UNFPA and AHI, to discuss modalities to assert the state’s zero tolerance towards female genital mutilation.

Ambode who was represented at the event by the state’s Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris said, “It is surprising that 45 out of every 100 adult women living in Lagos State have undergone female genital mutilation as reported in the National Demographic Health Survey 2013. This is largely due to migration from those States where the prevalence is much higher”.

In her address, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode stressed that the efforts to end the practice would involve legislation, professional health organisations, women empowerment and public sensitization.

Mrs. Ambode who is the founder of HOFOWEM noted that female genital mutilation was a brutal and gruesome procedure that had no medical or emotional benefit for the girl or woman.

According to her, the practice had been perpetuated through time by tradition, which erroneously tied the practice to family honour, hygiene, fertility, protection of virginity and prevention of promiscuity.

She said, “Female Genital Mutilation is recognized worldwide as a fundamental violation of the human rights of girls and women. It reflects deep-rooted inequality between the sexes and constitutes an extreme form of discrimination against women.

“It is also a violation of a person’s right to health, security and physical integrity, the right to be free from torture and cruel inhuman or degrading treatment, and the right to life when the procedure results in death.”

She listed the negative consequences of female genital mutilation to include excessive bleeding, extreme pain, infections, possibility of infertility and outright bareness.

Also speaking, , wife of Oyo State governor,Florence Ajimobi attested to the high prevalence of the practice and the danger it posed to life, saying it was clearly against the fundamental human rights.

She called for domestication of laws against such practice in order to put an end to it.

Ajimobi urged the people of Lagos to rise up against what she termed as harmful traditional practice, declaring that an end must be put to it as quickly as possible.

This post was syndicated from Nigerian News from Leadership News. Click here to read the full text on the original website.

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