Nigeria – Traditional circumcision practitioners and medical practitioners in Osun State have resolved to work together with a view to curbing female genital mutilation across the state.
The agreement was reached in Osogbo, at a sensitization programme for traditional circumcisers, organised by United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in collaboration with United Nations for Children and Education Fund (UNICEEF) and Action Health Incorporated (AHI).
The State Coordinator of Inter-African Committee on Harmful Traditional Practices affecting the health of Women and Children, Mrs. Aduke Obelawo described female genital mutilation as violation of the right of a girl child and the main cause of maternal mortality. She stressed the need for circumcisers in the state to stop the practice in totality because of the pains adding that it is harmful, dangerous and of no benefit either immediate or future to the life of a female child.
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