Wife of the Governor of Lagos State, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode, has expressed optimism that Female Genital Mutilation could be stamped out of Africa by 2030 if all individual and institutional stakeholders worked together to achieve the goal.
Speaking at a ceremony organized to mark this year’s International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in Alausa, Ikeja, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode The situation was noteworthy if the current advocacy was sustained or increased, with the number of countries recording up to 90% of prevalence among girls and women.
According to her, “The pace of penetration of consciousness seems slow because the practice is an ancient one, deeply rooted in our diverse cultures but that does not make our efforts fruitless. Although 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 declared.
The governor’s wife implored governments to fight the practice with direct legislation, in the way they are doing with some other wicked anti-female practices.
She reminded everyone that Female Genital Mutilation constituted an extreme form of discrimination against women and girls, directly violating their rights to health, security and physical integrity, wondering why women should be subjected to such life-threatening dehumanization.
She contended that mothers, fathers and NGOs must continue to voice their concern and governments must put in place the right statutes for the total eradication of the practice in our country and the continent by 2030.
Recall that February 6 of every year, was set aside by the United Nations as the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation across the world.