Center for Media Advocacy for Mother and Child (CAMAC) on Saturday revealed its readiness to launch a media campaign on zero tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).
To this organisation, the practice is an abuse on the right of women, inhuman and violence against women and girls that must be eradicated in Nigeria.
FGM involves the partial or total removal of external female genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons usually carried out on young girls between infancy and age fifteen depending on the local cultures.
Executive Director, CAMAC, Alex Uangbaoje, in a statement to commemorate this year’s 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 guity.
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.
“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 the alarm raised by UNICEF and UNFPA joint statement 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.”
He disclosed that as a media advocacy group, CAMAC, has concluded an arrangement to launch a media campaign on zero tolerance for FGM as part of her work plan for 2021.
CAMAC is a media advocacy group on advocating for policies and programmes that favour vulnerable women, adolescent girls and children in areas of education, health, child’s rights and 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.