HOW YOUNG PEOPLE CAN TAKE THE LEAD TO END FGM(Female Genital Mutilation) IN NIGERIA

Akinjise Daniel
Posted September 6, 2018 from Nigeria

The United Nations has declared that FGM is a violation of the human rights of girls and women. In 2015, there was a landmark ban on FGM in Nigeria, and the international community have prioritized ending FGM in the new Global Goals under GOAL 5 – to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls. Nigerian youths can make a difference in this issue by committing to these suggestions:  

Here are suggestions of great things young people can do to help bring Female Genital Mutilation to an end by TAD Initiative

Use the power of social media: Raise awareness of female genital mutilation and violence against women and girls in Nigeria. Young people can raise awareness through art projects and workshops. They can also make links with young people in different parts of the country. In an era where news can be reported the moment it happens, the power of the individual has increased incredibly. Do not doubt that your words or actions can make a difference because by joining other people working towards the same goal as easily as going on Facebook or Twitter to post and article or simply state your opinions, you have the power to connect with hundreds and thousands of other people at once. Therefore I encourage youth to take whatever small action they can to support the movement to end FGM.

This aspect of social media can be considered to share news and awareness about FGM

i. Social media awareness

ii. Creation of blogs

iii. Design of flyers and hand books

iv. Discussion of issues relating to FGM among youth.

v. Share the petition with your followers

vi. Initiate discussions on the best interest of the child in prosecution

vii. Development of the Network.

Volunteering with Human Trafficking movement/NGOs Coordination and support for member organizations. If you live in a community where FGM is happening see if you can volunteer to help. Even if you don’t its worth finding out how services and individuals can engage with communities. Voicing concerns is important, but it’s practical action that will have the most effect. Support community education because without the support of a community, legislation alone cannot end FGM.

Raise Awareness: Increase understanding of FGM in the Nigeria. By being aware of the reality and severity of FGM, youth are supporting the movement to end FGM. Youths can achieve this by signing petitions and learning by watching films and reading articles or first-hand accounts .Although more people are aware of FGM the majority are not aware of ‘cutting season’ and just how many girls are at risk. An important step in the fight to stop FGM is simply raising awareness of the problem. Youth can help publicize this to schools in the country informing female students the effect of FGM.

Community Rally /Walk: Groups that practice Community Rally do so for a complex set of reasons and the procedure has existed for many generations. Just shouting that it’s wrong isn’t going to change their minds. We need to reach out to and work in partnership with resident communities in the Nigeria if we want to stop FGM. The Government should issue grants to help, as part of their anti-FGM initiative.

Stay Vigilant: Girls who are been cut and pierced are always young, possibly not fully aware of why they are doing it to them, and if they are they may not feel able to speak out. It’s important to watch for warning signs if you know anyone who you believe is at risk. Help change the law: Help change the law because not much can be done without laws supporting movements and protecting against FGM, legislation must be created and enforced to enable progress. Youth can help in this aspect by joining in rallies and Walk to sensitize the government on the importance of signing the laws  

 FGM has been illegal in the UK since 1985. Laws passed then made it an offence to carry out FGM, but this legislation had to be updated for the Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003. With increasing numbers of girls being taken abroad to be cut, it became apparent that more needed to be done. 

If the youths of this country take into consideration the above discussed points, then we might be able to cover some grounds concerning the curbing of FGM in Nigeria.

Culled from: TAD Initiative

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Jill Langhus
Sep 06, 2018
Sep 06, 2018

Hi Daniel,

Thanks for sharing your post about ways to curb FGM in Nigeria. I hope this archaic practice soon becomes a ritual of the past.

Akinjise Daniel
Sep 07, 2018
Sep 07, 2018

I really hope so too. Thanks for the encouragement

Jill Langhus
Sep 07, 2018
Sep 07, 2018

You're welcome. Have a good day!

Adanna
Sep 06, 2018
Sep 06, 2018

Hi Daniel,

Thanks for writing and sharing.

I do hope more young people will join in the campaign to curb FGM in Nigeria.

Cheers,
Adanna

Akinjise Daniel
Sep 07, 2018
Sep 07, 2018

Yes ooo. Thanks for the encouragement

Hannah B
Sep 06, 2018
Sep 06, 2018

Hello Daniel,
Thank you for sharing these ideas. Is FGM an issue that you work on in your professional life?
This is an important issue to raise awareness about, and I am glad that more and more people are writing and talking about it!

Kind regards,
Hannah

Akinjise Daniel
Sep 07, 2018
Sep 07, 2018

Yes Hannah, it's an issue that i work on though not professionally. Thanks for the encouragement

Tarke Edith
Sep 06, 2018
Sep 06, 2018

Hi Daniel
your idear of putting an end to FGM in Nigeria is good bro thank you sharing this on our platform

Akinjise Daniel
Sep 07, 2018
Sep 07, 2018

Thanks for the encouragement

Princesse MUHINDO
Sep 07, 2018
Sep 07, 2018

Bonjour Daniel,
Merci d'avoir partager votre histoire et idée qui changera cet idée de mutilation génitale feminine.
Courage !

Akinjise Daniel
Sep 07, 2018
Sep 07, 2018

Merci d'avoir PRINCESSE MUHINDO MALEMBERO

Jacqueline Namutaawe
Sep 07, 2018
Sep 07, 2018

Hey Daniel thanks for the write up on FGM in Nigeria. This is deeply rooted in most African societies. It is an insolence to nature and an epidemic to the girl child. Youth as core drivers and change ambassadors are the greatest hope in voicing out most of these injustices through socio media and other creative ways. Let us all join the fight to end FGM and write it out of our societies.

Akinjise Daniel
Sep 07, 2018
Sep 07, 2018

Thanks for the encouragement Jacqueline

Beth Lacey
Sep 07, 2018
Sep 07, 2018

Very wise words and great advice.
Beth

Akinjise Daniel
Sep 07, 2018
Sep 07, 2018

Thanks Beth

Tamarack Verrall
Sep 07, 2018
Sep 07, 2018

Hi Daniel,

It is so encouraging to read your post and know that you are active as a man working to end FGM. "Voicing concerns is important, but it’s practical action that will have the most effect". Powerful words, and you are living them. The more men who speak out, the more other men will reconsider their positions. Congrats on your work.

Akinjise Daniel
Sep 10, 2018
Sep 10, 2018

Thanks for the encouragement Tamarack

Gulzaib Tareen
Sep 07, 2018
Sep 07, 2018

Your view about FGM are really good ones.

Akinjise Daniel
Sep 10, 2018
Sep 10, 2018

Thanks Gulzaib

Feka
Sep 12, 2018
Sep 12, 2018

Dear Daniel, I am happy to see that men like you are joining their voices to put an end some of those horrible traditional norms. Thanks for sharing your strategies with us.

Akinjise Daniel
Sep 12, 2018
Sep 12, 2018

Thanks so much Feka

Bim Adegbite
Sep 14, 2018
Sep 14, 2018

Thanks for sharing Daniel.

It's heart warming to see men taking on this issue and being very passionate about it. I hope many more follow your example so this practice is stopped in every community around the world.

Akinjise Daniel
Sep 24, 2018
Sep 24, 2018

Thanks Adegbite, for the encouragement

chimdirimebere
Oct 21, 2018
Oct 21, 2018

Thanks Daniel for sharing this article with us. FGM is like slavery which we all thought was abolished years ago but underneath it is still with us. In many communities in Nigeria it is assumed that the coming of Christianity and education must have put a stop to this barbaric act but it still goes on in our communities. I think religious leaders have a role to play here since Nigeria is a very religious country where what the Iman or Pastor says stays.

Thank you so much.

Harriet Chimdirimebere

Akinjise Daniel
Oct 24, 2018
Oct 24, 2018

I'm glad you like the article. Yes you're correct, our Imans and Pastors can actually help advocate against FGM