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…FG committed to ending the scourge, says VP Shettima

The First Lady of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Senator Oluremi Tinubu has called for renewed efforts in the fight against the harmful practice of Female Genital Mutilation, FGM, saying it is crucial to intensify advocacy efforts to eliminate it.

She was speaking at the UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme on the elimination of Female Genital Mutilation, FGM with the theme, Delivering the Global Promise.

Emphasising the need to empower survivors by providing comprehensive medical, legal, and psychological services to help them regain their dignity, she said, “We should foster partnerships by engaging with women groups, form alliances with young people, civil society, faith-based organisations, and the government. These collaborations will help mobilize resources, share best practices, and create a sustainable movement against gender-based violence and Female Genital Mutilation”.

The First lady further stressed that the practice is totally unacceptable as it not only affects the survivors physically, emotionally and psychologically but also over time, these adverse effects diminish their overall well-being, restrict their opportunities to exercise their rights, and hinder the realization of their full potential.

“Change begins with each of us. Our actions, no matter how small have the potential to create a ripple effect of transformation in our communities towards a future free from Female Genital Mutilation”.

“In my capacity as the First Lady of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, I make a commitment today to lend my support in delivering the global promise to end Female Genital Mutilation”.

In his remarks at the event which had participants from over 12 countries in attendance, the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Kashim Shettima who was represented by his SSA on Health, Uju Rochas assured the gathering that the Federal Government has begun putting together policies and programmes that would ensure the harmful practice is totally eliminated.

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He noted that the Federal Government is looking towards further improving on the education of the girl child so she can make more informed choices about her health.

One of the highlights of the event was the spoken words by a survivor who captured, in her presentation, the long reaching negative effects of FGM on the psyche of the survivor.

The annual technical consultation of the UNFPA-UNICEF is a platform for exchanging lessons, achievements and challenges faced in the implementation of the programme.

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