More than one thousand students of College of Health, Science And Technology, Ijero-Ekiti participated in the survivor led campaign to end Female Genital Mutilation. The program which was organised by a Non-Governmental Organization ( NGO), The New Generation Girls and Women Development Initiative (NIGAWD) was fully sponsored by the United Nations Population Fund ( UNFPA )
The event tagged END FGM EDUTAINMENT SEASON TWO, the organisation adopted community drama as a tool for the advocacy. The Executive Director of NIGAWD, Abimbola Aladejare stressed the need for young girls in Nigeria to champion and reject Female Genital Mutilation. She hinted that FGM was harmful to the growth and development of womanhood.
Aladejare who called on the students to reject these practices also urged them to be champions in their community and report cases of FGM/C to the appropriate authorities for sanctions.
In his remarks, the Dean of Students Affair, College of Health Technology, Ijero-Ekiti, Dr. Kayode Abolarin, described FGM as harmful to the society and encouraged those involved in the shameful act to shun it.
Dr. Abolarin, called on the students not to be part of the shameful act when they get to the larger society but be good ambassadors of the institution. In his paper presentation to the students on the “Role of the Youths and Health Workers in Ending FGM in Nigeria, the Program Officer, Miss Olabisi Jebutu, noted that globally, over 125 million women and girls have undergone Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting, FGM/C, and over 3 million more are at risk yearly.
Miss Jebutu, called on the students, as young people to get involved in the global efforts to abandon the harmful practices in the communities so that FGM/C can end in the society.
She challenged the students health workers to be uncomfortable whenever they hear about FGM being discussed so that those involved would know that it is not good for our society. NIGAWD said Ekiti has the second prevalence 71.2 percent of female genital mutilation, FGM, in the South West adding that 27 percent of those females involved are within the aged group of 15 to 49 years. He recorded that Osun State is the highest in the South West prevalence.
The NGO stated that FGM is performed in Nigeria, as a result of Myths and Belief, Tradition, Economics, Religion, Culture, S*xuality and Marriage.
The students were charged to speak out to end this dastardly act to save girls and the women in the society.