NGO takes FGM sensitization to market

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By Eunice Nnachi, Yenagoa

A nongovernmental organization (NGO) under the aegis of Women Organized for Mentorship and Advocacy Network (WOMAN) has joined the United Nations and UNICEF to raise awareness about ending female genital mutilation FGM, in Bayelsa State.

The sensitization program took place at Opolo Market in Yenagoa to mark the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation.

Speaking to journalist shortly after the sensitization campaign, Lady Eunice Nnachi, the Executive Director of WOMAN emphasized the need to stop this practice and highlighted the challenges faced by women and girls due to the removal of the clitoris, which can lead to various difficulties.

She urged the state government and other agencies to take action to end this practice in rural areas.

Lady Tari Youdubagha also mentioned the health risks associated with genital mutilation, such as bleeding and the use of non-sterilized materials, which can lead to loss of life.

Lady Stella Doumu added that the practice can result in a lack of sexual satisfaction and, in some cases, infertility. The call to end female genital mutilation is an important step in promoting the health and well-being of women and girls in the region.