Story By Akinola Emmanuel
As campaign against Female Genital Mutilation continues globally, not less than 36 communities in Iseyin Local Government Area of Oyo state recently openly declared their commitment to abandonment of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).
In 2015, world leaders after a vigorous campaign against FGM by UNICEF overwhelmingly backed the elimination of female genital mutilation as one of the targets in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and confirmed FGM as a harmful traditional practice, a gross violation of the fundamental human rights of
girls and women which seriously compromises their health and psychosocial well-being.
The thirty six communities in Iseyin local government made public their decision during a program organized by the National Orientation Agency (NOA), Oyo State Directorate in collaboration with the United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund
The event held at the Iseyin Local Government Secretariat, Iseyin, had in attendance government officials, traditional rulers, women leaders, community leaders, artisans, market leaders, youth leaders, international observers among others.
In her message at the event, the Oyo State Director, National Orientation Agency (NOA) Mrs Dolapo Dosunmu, said the development will rewrite history and mark a new chapter for the next generation of girls and women in the affected 36 communities in Iseyin local government while it would also create a new norm of keeping the girls intact, the way that they were created.
Mrs Dosunmu emphasised on the need for all stakeholders including parents and guardians to come out and condemn all forms of FGM in order to totally eliminate it and its traces.
Appreciating the support of the Oyo state government on the campaign against Female Genital Mutilation, the UNICEF Southwest coordinator for FGM, Mrs Olutayo Aderonke called for the enforcement of the Female Circumcision (prohibition) law, 2016 which was domesticated in 2017 with the Justice sector.
In his message to the event, the Aseyin of Iseyin, Oba Abdul-Ganiy Adekunle
Oloogunebi, represented by the Otun Aseyin, Chief Lamidi Oyewole assures that shareholders concerned will not relent in the campaign against FGM until the harmful practice is abandoned totally in every community of Iseyin.