A Non-Governmental Organisation, Hacey Health Initiative, has called on media practitioners to use their various platforms to campaign against Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).
The NGO which is into the ‘Stop Cut’ project, identified the media as a vital partner in the fight against this menace, urging practitioners to keep informing and educating members of the public on the dangers of practising FGM.
The NGO made this known during a one-day Capacity Building Workshop for Stakeholders On Female Genital Mutilation, Policies and Laws in collaboration with the Ekiti State Ministry of Health and Humanitarian Services, held Tuesday, in Ado Ekiti.
Participants at the workshop were drawn from the prints and electronic and online media in the state.
One of the speakers at the workshop, Mrs Olukemi Akinleye, from the Ekiti State Ministry Of Health and Humanitarian Services, explained that FGM is an age-long practise that has continued to thrive because of traditional and cultural beliefs.
Akinleye said people should be aware that FGM is a practice that should not be embraced so that people will not say they are complying because of law, urging everyone in the society to speak out whenever they see anybody perpetrating the act.
The health officials noted that the practice is rampant in the various communities, especially areas she referred to as the grassroots, adding that it is incumbent on the locals to report that such acts are being practised. This she maintained will enable the government to take necessary action.