…OOT says female genital mutilation, child marriage unnecessary and unacceptable.
Ogbomoso South local government in partnership with the United Nations have launched a community mobiliser’s campaign aimed at putting an end to female genital mutilation, child marriage, gender based violence, tuberculosis, sexual transmitted infections among others.
The mobiliser’s tagged, Risk Communication and community engagement, RCCE, under the United Nations support to the national covid-19 multi sectoral pandemic response was launched on Wednesday, at the legislative building, secretariat, Ogbomoso South local government, Arowomole, Ogbomoso.
The event which had the Caretaker Chairman of Ogbomoso LG, Hon Oyedokun Oyeniyi Timothy in attendance, saw mobiliser’s drawn across the 10 wards in Ogbomoso South local government.
Hon Oyedokun while speaking said “Early marriage deprives girls of an education, increases the likelihood of sexual violence and HIV, and puts them at risk of serious injury or death during childbirth, experts say.
“These [childbirth] complications are a leading cause of death among adolescent girls in countries like Nigeria. I will try my best to eradicate child marriage, female genital mutilation and others because it’s unnecessary and unacceptable,” he said
According to the facilitators, the U.N. has noted that the practice of FGM is a violation of human rights.
“Ending FGM,Child marriage is part of the U.N.’s unwavering campaign for the health, human rights for the empowerment of women and girls. We salute the girls and women who have fought against FGM and reclaimed their bodies,” said Ban, who added that the practice must be stopped.
“FGM is mostly carried out on young girls sometime between infancy and age 15. It can cause severe bleeding and health issues including cysts, infections and infertility, as well as complications in childbirth and increased risk of newborn deaths.”
Among local government benefiting from the campaign is Ogbomoso South, Oyo west and Ibadan north local governments throughout Oyo state.