Story By Akinola Emmanuel
Barely one week after the open declaration of 36 communities in Iseyin local government to abandon Female Genital Mutilation, FGM, another 120 communities across the state have publicly denounce the practise.
Twenty six communities were from Ogbomoso South local government, another twenty six in Ibarapa North, while sixty eight communities declared in Oyo West Local Government.
This development increases the numbers of communities that recently declared abandonment of FGM in Oyo state to one hundred and fifty-six.
Their decisions followed sensitization and stakeholder’s meetings against female cutting by the Oyo State National Orientation Agency and UNICEF in the affected communities which commenced about four years ago.
Speaking at the event, Oyo state Director, National Orientation Agency, Mrs Dolapo Dosunmu emphasised that the practise is violating the rights of the girls, hence the need to abandon it.
Reacting, UNICEF FGM coordinator, Southwest, Mrs Aderonke Olutayo said UNICEF will leverage on the testimonies of leaders in the affected communities to encourage more communities to come on board in the fight against cutting of the girl child.