5 KEY FACTS
FGM (Female Genital Mutilation) is a violation of human rights of women and children.
According to WHO, more than 200 million girls and women alive today have been cut in 30 countries in Africa, the Middle East and Asia where FGM is concentrated.
It is mostly carried out in young girls from infancy to 15years of age.
FGM causes severe bleeding and health issues including cysts, infections, infertility as well as complications in childbirth and increased risk of newborn deaths.
There is no reasonable justification for it’s practice. It’s origin is embedded in uncertainty, secrecy and confusion
Today marks 16years of the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation and OVIWCE joins other organisations like World Health Organisation(WHO), United Nations International Children Emergency Fund(UNICEF), Economic Commission For Africa (ECA) among many other women organisations across the globe to say NO to Female Genital Mutilation. We cannot take it anymore, it is intolerable.
In past times, we have written articles about Female Genital Mutilation; Woes of Female Genital Mutilation and Our Osun State Report on the prevalence of the menace in Osun State is an evidence that we’re not only ranting, we’re very much actively involved. Today, OVIWCE representatives are joining The Uncut Initiative as the Ola-Oluwa Local Government Community Members Publicly Declare their FGM abandonment. Bravo! We’re making progress however, we need to continue taking actions as there are still many other communities out there still practising it.
OUR AIM: to intensify the education of the general public on the dangers of FGM and also work towards the enactment and enforcement of legislations against the perpetrators.
JOIN US TO DECLARE ZERO TOLERANCE TO FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION.