Oguta Communities Band Together And Abolish Female Circumcision
All 24 communities in Oguta Local Government Area LGA of Imo have openly denounced the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM).
The communities alongside their traditional rulers made the announcement at the Oguta LGA Headquarters in the presence of the representatives of UNICEF, the National Orientation Agency (NOA), the Human Rights Commission and the Ministry of Gender and Vulnerable Groups.
In the declaration paper read by Eze Frankline Okafor, the Ottachereoha 11 of Ossemotor and Chairman of Oguta Council of Traditional Rulers on behalf of all, the leader said that FGM had ceased to be a tradition of the people of the 24 autonomous communities in Oguta LGA
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The statement said:
“We the Royal Fathers of the 24 autonomous-communities in Oguta Local Government Area, Imo State, Nigeria, and the entire people of Oguta with over 307 villages having been sensitised about the harmful effect of FGM, and having deliberated during several community dialogues and consensus-building meetings;
“Have recognized the immediate and long-term negative health and psychosocial consequences of FGM on the health of our daughters, wives, sisters, nieces and other women who are subjected to this very harmful traditional practice.
“We also acknowledge that FGM is a denial of girls’ and women’s ability to fully exercise their human rights and be free from discrimination, violence and inequality,” the paper read in part.
The UNICEF Enugu Field Office representative, Mr Victor Atuchukwu, a Child Protection Specialists, congratulated the Oguta people on behalf of UNICEF adding that the South East had shown a lot of commitment to the fight against FGM.
Meanwhile, the State Coordinator, National Orientation Agency (NOA) Mr Vitus Ekeocha also cheered the move and said that the declaration is a moment of broad social recognition which showed that most people in the community, supported FGM abandonment which meant its days were eventually over.