Ebonyi Communities Fix Dates To Abolish Female Genital Mutilation – VOICE OF THE EAST


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Ivo
and Ishielu Local Government Areas of Ebonyi State in the course of the past
weekend, fixed dates for the public abolishment of Female Genital Mutilation
(FGM). Ivo, a local government with 5 communities chose October 31st
and Ishielu with 15 communities fixed 24th. The two local
governments, during a consensus meeting with important personalities for FGM
abandonment at Ascension Church, Ntezi, Ishielu council and Isiaka,
headquarters of Ivo Local Government Council on September 22 and 24,
respectively, told of their experiences trying to convince their people against
the practice.

In
the course of sharing their experiences, they pointed out ignorance and low
self-esteem as two major factors leading people into FGM practice. Mr.
Okechukwu Ali of Nkaleha in Ishielu LGA noted that it was realizable to end FGM
practices since they have been able to convince their people against it.

He
said:

“It
was not an easy thing to convince them. While speaking with the people, I
noticed that ignorance, low self-esteem factored into these practices.

“And
this has also made many people to deny themselves of help that could have come
their way.”

Also,
Mr. Theophilous Nwafor said: “the problem we are having is that those in the
village agreed that FGM  practice is
real, but about 60% of childbearing women in our place live  outside the village.

“We
want you people to organize sensitization programme in December  period for our people when they normally come
home.”



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