The ambassador of United Nation Population Fund Isha Sesay has called for increased and concerted efforts to curb the practice of Female Genital Mutilation and other harmful traditional practices around the world, especially in Africa.
She made the call during a virtual interview with the Newsmen in Abuja.
The interview was part of activities by the West and Central Africa Regional Office of the UNFPA to mark the 2021 International Women’s Day celebrated on March 8 every year around the world to bring issues that affect women to the front burner.
Sasay expressed optimism for a Female Genital Mutilation -free future, adding that it is time for action to change some bad norms.
According to her, she anticipates a future where people globally will accept the fact that Female Genital Mutilation is an unacceptable practice.
She urged women to choose to challenge obnoxious practices such as Female Genital Mutilation early and forced marriage and all forms of Gender Based Violence, noting that the issue of harmful beliefs and gender norms was global.
She noted that the political will of governments to implement laws that prohibit violence against women was key to eradicating the menace.