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Obaseki Advocates Zero Tolerance, Decisive Action To End Female Genital Mutilation

09 February 2019, 11:10 | Glen Norman

Grandmothers helping to banish female genital circumcision

Obaseki advocates decisive action to end FGM

February 6 each year marks the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation.

In cultures that condone FGM, it is usually performed by a traditional practitioner with crude instruments and without anesthetic.

The UN noted that about 200 million girls and women have had their genitals mutilated, adding that this amounted to one of the most inhuman acts of gender-based violence in the world.

SBC is working with a number of charities, organisations and Global Positioning System to raise awareness of FGM being a criminal offence in the United Kingdom under the Female Genital Mutilation Act.

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Clitoridectomy - partially or totally removal of the clitoris and/or prepuce.

Pricking, piercing, incising, scraping or cauterization.

According to the statement during this counter-FGM day the National Population Council will emphasize implementation of the National Strategy against Female Genital Mutilation (2016-2020), prepared by the Council.

Godwin Obaseki, has called for zero tolerance and decisive action by stakeholders to reduce the practice of female genital mutilation across the country, saying that such violation of the girl child's rights exposes her to health challenges.

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Three executive directors of the United Nations agencies on Wednesday called for actions to eliminate female genital mutilation by 2030 on the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation.

He discouraged the practice, urging communities who still subject girls to such practice to desist from it as they risk maiming the girls or subjecting them to psychological stress later in life.

This was contained in a press statement signed by the sector minister Hon.

Since FGM concerns both the health and rights of women and children, WHO, UNICEF, and UNFPA each use their targeted strengths advocating against cutting, in a cross-agency collaboration, to complement the others. It violates women's rights to sexual and reproductive health, physical integrity, non-discrimination and freedom from cruel or degrading treatment, said three executive directors.

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