The wife of Oyo State Governor, Engr. Tamunominini Makinde, has called for an end to the practice of Female Genital Mutilation, (F.G.M), which she says endangers the female Gender.
Makinde made the call at an event to commemorate the International day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation held in the Presidential Lodge, Government House, Agodi in Ibadan.
She described F.G.M as a procedure that involves altering or injuring the female genitalia for non-medical reasons.
According to Makinde, the practice has been categorised as a violation of human rights, the health and the integrity of girls and women as well as an obstacle to gender equality.
The World Health Organisation estimates that about 200 Million women have been through the painful process of genital mutilation globally.
Female Genital Mutilation has caused a lot of physical, emotional and mental torture to our girls and women across the globe.
Mrs Oluwakemi Olawoyin, the State coordinator, Female Genital Mutilation office told Journalists, shortly after the event, that the office relies on National Demography Survey for considering the prevalence of FGM in Oyo State.
She commended the government of Oyo State for collaborating with development partners and other stakeholders in the State to reach out to the communities.
The theme of the 2021 International day of zero tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation is “No Time for Global Inaction: Unite, Fund and Act to End Female Genital Mutilation”.