Osun first lady champions campaign against FGM
The Osun State first lady and founder, Sheri Care Foundation (SCARF), a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), Alhaja Sherifat Aregbesola, has promised to champion campaign against Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).
At a press conference in Osogbo, the Osun State capital, Mrs Argbesola, who described FGM as a savage culture, maintained that the practice must be stopped at all costs. She said she would lead to eradicate FMG otherwise known as female circumcision.
Giving a detailed statistics of the prevalence of the menace, she disclosed that the South West Zone topped the national prevalence data.She further disclosed that Osun State ranked highest with 77 percent prevalence rate among other states across the federation that engage in the practice.
She identified Ebonyi, Ekiti, Imo, Oyo and Lagos among states with increased prevalence rate.According to her, she had mobilised a team of professionals from Sheri Care Foundation (SCARF) to begin advocacy to eradicate it in Osun State.
She further disclosed that the team would be mandated to take the campaign to not only the urban but also the rural areas to enlighten circumcisers and stakeholders on the dehumanising health implications of the practice.
Mrs. Aregbesola lamented that the practice was embraced many years ago as a culture and tradition by the people, noting that many life-long health risks are associated with the practice.
She listed infertility, painful menstruation, increased risk of bleeding and infection during child birth and many others among the health risks.
Mrs. Aregbesola said: “The practice is a clear violation of the rights of our women and girls in this state and to life and physical integrity. It is sad to say that the victims suffer trauma when the practice is carried out on them.”