United Nation has set aside Feb. 6 to mark the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) across the world.
The wife of the Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode, has advocated strongly that government at all levels should come up with the right policy for the eradication of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in Nigeria by 2030.
She made the call on Tuesday at a programme to commemorate this year’s International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM at Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos State.
The Governor’s wife also made a plea to Parents and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO’s) to continue to advocate for the total eradication of FGM.
She expressed that if relevant Institutions and stake-holders work hand-in-hand, FGM would be eradicated out of Africa by 2030.
The Governor’s wife wondered why women should be subjected to such inhumane activity that involves extreme form of discrimination against women and girls, directly violating their rights to health, security and physical integrity.
According to her, the pace at which awareness is being created is really slow because the practice is an ancient one that is deeply rooted in our various cultures.
However, she said the situation was not hopeless if the present advocacy was sustained or increased.
“But that does not make our efforts fruitless.
“Though progress may be slow, we are going somewhere as rural women, mothers and young girls are becoming aware of the severe health implications of the barbaric practice.
“A Few years ago, many women, even some educated ones, saw it as a normal and socially acceptable practice.
“But the story is fast changing as awareness is getting mileage and rural women are now campaigning against it,’’ she said.