STEPHEN GBADAMOSI, IBADAN
The trio of Oyo, Ekiti and Osun state governments have taken decisive steps to stop Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), engaging Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO) in their fight against the menace.
This was disclosed at an event organised to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women held at the Ibadan Business School, Bodija, Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, on Thursday.
The even witnessed the launch of publications and video documentary to highlight the alleged evils of female genital mutilation and the effects on the womenfolk.
Representatives of security agencies, United Nations (UN) agencies, European Union (EU), ministries, non-governmental organisations and the media converged on the venue of the event.
Tagged, The Stopcut Project, a United Nations Trust Fund funded project to end violence against women and girls, the event was packaged by HACEY Health Initiative in conjunction with Spotlight Initiative.
According to the Project Lead, The Stopcut Project, Olawtomi Oluniga, the three states of Oyo, Osun and Ekiti have keyed into the project to stop female genital mutilation in the country, each of them making impactful contributions to the campaign.
“We have carried out a research study on FGM in the South-West. It was carried out in FGM prevalent states in South-West Nigeria; Ekiti, Osun and Oyo states,” she said, highlighting that the governments had been helping to curb the scourge.
Executive Director of the NGO, Rhoda Robinson, sought the support of relevant stakeholders, the legislature, parents and religious organisations in the fight against violence against women and violation of the rights of the girl-child.
The Oyo State Commissioner for Health, Bode Ladapo, who addressed stakeholders at the event, highlighted efforts of the government at curbing violence against women.