Movement for Good to End FGM: VFN sets to eliminate FGM in Osun through ‘Pledge’ by women, girls, men, others
TIMOTHY AGBOR, OSOGBO
A Non- Profit and Governmental Organisation, Value Female Network (VFN), is set to give life to the Global Movement for Good to End Female Genital Mutilation which is a joint project of the United Nation’s Children Fund (UNICEF) and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
Implementing the project in Osun State, VFN said it is targeting to harvest ‘Pledge’ from millions of women, girls, men, parents, legislators, grandparents among other targeted groups in Osun State with a view to eliminating the illegal and deadly act of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in the state.
This Movement for Good to End FGM project is a joint programme by UNICEF and UNFPA and it is community-led. It was launched in five Nigerian States with prevalence of FGM including Osun, Oyo, Ekiti, Ebonyi and Imo in April, 2022.
With a view to holistically activate the movement in Osun, VFN, on Wednesday, November 16, 2022, hosted crucial state partners in a meeting held at VFN House, beside Ministry of Agriculture, Oke-Fia, Osogbo.
At the state level meeting with partners and stakeholders from the federal and state Ministries of Health, Women and Children Affairs, Youths and Sports, Civil Society Organisations among others, with the theme: “Movement for Good to End Female Genital Mutilation, action plan was developed on how to increase the number of pledge in Osun State.
Speaking at the meeting, the Assistant Program Officer, Value Female Network,
Zainab Agbolade, said the partners invited to the meeting are crucial and that they would be using their platforms and audience to enrol and mobilise more people to pledge against FGM.
Agbolade said the project would be reaching millions of women, girls, parents, grandparents among others in both urban and rural communities across the state.
According to her, “the Movement for Good to End FGM project is a joint program, community-led and was launched in 5 Nigerian States with prevalence of FGM; Osun, Oyo, Ekiti, Ebonyi and Imo in April 2022. This project will reach millions of women (pregnant and lactating) and girls, men, parents, grand parents, legislators, etc.
“Each and everyone of these group will come together and eliminate FGM through ‘Pledge’, Agbolade noted.
She further stated that everybody is relevant to the movement and that the role of state partners can not be underestimated.
“Considering the existing platforms and audience most of these partners have, they can help enrol and mobilize more people to pledge.
“There are three ways to pledge against FGM; Manual pledge, USSD pledge (SMS PLEDGE TO 24453) and the online (https://act2endfgm.com/rvfn).
“Action plan was developed by the state partners on how to increase the number of pledge in Osun State,” she said.
In her remarks, Mrs Toyin Adelowokan, the Osun Coordinator Against FGM, said Female Genital Mutilation has caused grievous harms to girls and women in both health and marital wise, adding that many marriages have collapsed due to the devastating effects of FGM carried out on women.
Also speaking, Deputy Director of the Ministry of Youth and Sports in the state, Olubola Odediji urged parents and guardians to desist from cutting girls and women.
Director of Social Mobililation and Special Education, Mrs Adeoye Oyebola, added that the project would reach out to women, children, traditional rulers as well as the fathers of those children in order for them to pledge against FGM and also get educated on health hazards of the act.
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