The United Nations Children’s Fund,UNICEF says Female Genital Mutilation,FGM is a harmful traditional practice and gross violation of girl-child fundamental human rights which must be eradicated in Nigeria.
UNICEF FGM Consultant for Ekiti, Osun and Oyo States, Aderonke Olutayo said this at the public declaration of abandonment of FGM in Ife East Local Government Area of Osun on Monday.
Olutayo said FGM was not only harmful but also against nature as it destroys the wholesome and beautiful way women and girls were naturally created.
She said FGM is a Social Norm which means that people practice it because they believe that others in their community do it, and these people believe they ought to conform to it.
Olutayo, however, decried the high prevalence of FGM in Osun, saying the state has the highest rate of FGM in Nigeria.
She said the FGM prevalence among girls and women in the state was about 68.7 per cent which, according to her, is higher than the National prevalence of 18.4 per cent.