Expert seeks enactment, implementation of laws against genital cutting

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By Olasunkanmi Onifade

Dr Nathaniel Adewole, a Gynaecologist at the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Gwagwalada, has emphasised the necessity of implementing laws to combat Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in the country.

Adewole shared this perspective during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja, coinciding with the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation on February 6.

This year’s theme is “Her Voice. Her Future. Investing in Survivor-Led Movements to End Female Genital Mutilation.”

Highlighting the risks associated with FGM, Adewole emphasised the need for laws to deter this harmful practice, citing potential health complications such as severe infection, chronic pain, depression, infertility, and even death.

He urged for intensified awareness at the grassroots level regarding the dangers and complications linked to FGM.

Additionally, Adewole proposed town meetings in identified communities, involving traditional and religious leaders, to educate them on the adverse effects and the imperative to cease these harmful practices.

Adewole stressed that FGM restricts opportunities for women and girls globally, hindering their rights and potential.

While acknowledging progress, he underscored the importance of coordinated efforts focused on human rights, gender equality, sexual education, and addressing the needs of affected women and girls to promote the elimination of female genital mutilation.

According to the United Nations, there are over 200 million girls and women alive today who have survived Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).

As of 2024, 4.4 million girls – or more than 12,000 each day – are at risk of female genital mutilation around the world. (NAN)

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Edited by Auwalu Birnin Kudu/ Isaac Aregbesola

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