Group attributes many broken marriages to female genital mutilation

Minister urges girl-child to break barriers in their educational pursuit
Pauline Tallen, Minister for Women Affairs & Social Development

The  Association of Women for Human Development, an NGO, on Thursday, attributed many broken marriages to female genital mutilation.

The NGO’s state Coordinator, Mrs Folake Esan, made the disclosure in Akure at an event marking this year’s International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation.

According to her, women must safeguard their daughters from practices that would jeopardise their marriages in future.

Esan enjoined women to be advocates for ending female genital mutilations in their communities.

The Spokesperson for the Federation of Female Lawyers (FIDA) in the state, Bola Joel, said that female genital mutilation was a punishable offence under the law, which attracted a two-year jail term.

An expert, Mrs Dare Owolabi, in a lecture entitled “Eradication of Female Circumcision”, traced the history of circumcision to the Bible, stressing that only the male child should be circumcised.

Owolabi said that circumcision would not prevent any woman from being promiscuous, adding that women, whose genitals had been mutilated, were often exposed to serious health conditions.

She enjoined the women to be agents of change wherever they found themselves, and that they must be ready to join the campaign against female genital mutilation.

The Executive Chairman of Inter-African Committee (IAC), Dr Module Dairo, said that the advocacy was to sensitise the public on zero tolerance for female genital mutilation in the state. (NAN)


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