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#EndFGM: Lagos First Lady Bolanle Ambode advocates for End of Female Genital Mutilation

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#EndFGM: Lagos First Lady Bolanle Ambode advocates for the end of Female Genital Mutilation - BellaNaija

The Lagos state first lady Bolanle Ambode has expressed optimism that Female Genital Mutilation could be stamped out of Africa by 2030.

To mark the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), the first lady described the act as an extreme form of discrimination against women and girls.

Ambode called for citizens to continue to raise awareness to ensure the act is totally eradicated by 2030.

She blamed the continuation of FGM on the slow penetration of awareness of its health implication. She said:

The pace of penetration of awareness seems slow because the practice is an ancient one, deeply rooted in our various cultures but that does not make our efforts fruitless. Though 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.

Ambode also urged governments to enact direct legislation to fight FGM, as is the case with some other anti-female practices.

2 Comments

  1. Engoz

    February 6, 2018 at 6:10 pm

    More needs to be done, but Lagos State government seems to be the only state in Nigeria that has an agenda to tackle social issues and create structures to address them. Now if only Lagos State can be depopulated. There are just too many people in Lagos, and it has become a curse rather than a blessing.

  2. Diuto

    February 6, 2018 at 6:20 pm

    Nice one ma’am. We need more awareness all over the nation. It’s a terrible practice that needs to be curbed. We can do it if we put our minds to it. Educate the populace the harm and menace it causes in many homes.

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