First Lady; Gender Ministry Intensify campaign against FGM

First Lady; Gender Ministry Intensify campaign against FGM

- The First Lady has called for the abolishing of Female Genital Mutilation in Ghana

- According to her, no girl must be made to go through the ‘horrifying experience’ of the practice

- The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection has also urged girls to report their parents if they are cut

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The First Lady, Rebecca Akufo Addo, has called on individual families and all stakeholders involved to help end Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in Ghana.

She also called for a strengthened campaign in advocacy, education and sensitization to end the FGM menace.

According to her, no girl must be made to go through the horrifying experience of Female Genital Mutilation.

The First Lady’s call comes on the back of statistics from the United Nation Children’s Fund (UNICEF), which indicate that FGM is on the rise in Ghana.

According to the UNICEF statistics, 6000 girls are mutilated daily in Africa.

3,000 of the cases were recorded in the Upper Region alone in 2009, a UNICEF report revealed.

Mrs. Rebecca Akufo Addo declared the statistics as alarming, hence her call on stakeholders to help fight FGM.

“The government and other stakeholders have many options available to fight FGM.”

“We must intensify our education and outreach activities to ensure prevention of Female Genital Mutilation,” she added.

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She made this call at a health event put together in Accra by the African Union Commission (AUC), UNICEF and UNFPA, purposely to discuss FGM in Africa.

There were other key stakeholders from different African countries who graced the occasion.

Female Genital Mutilation is the partial or complete removal of the clitoris in the female genitals.

According to popular traditional belief, mutilating the girl child prevents promiscuity among young girls and makes them live a morally clean life.

It is done normally in the early stages of their life up to puberty.

However, it has been proven scientifically that mutilating rather causes more harm than good, according to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

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Victims of FGM are exposed to various health hazards including Obstetric Fistula and complications during pregnancy and delivery.

The sharp objects used to cut the girls are mostly not sterilized.

The Gender, Children and Social Protection Ministry added its voice to the First Lady’s call.

A representative from the Ministry, Dr. Comfort Asare, called on young girls to report their parents if they attempt to carry out the practice on them.

She added that even when they grow up and realize they had been cut in their childhood, they should still go ahead and report.

This, she said, will help stakeholders take the necessary action against culprits and help fight Female Genital Mutilation in Ghana.

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Source: Yen.com.gh

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