Stella Dimoko UNICEF Says Nigeria Accounts For Third-Highest Number Of Female Genital Mutilation


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Tuesday, February 08, 2022

UNICEF Says Nigeria Accounts For Third-Highest Number Of Female Genital Mutilation

The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) has lamented over the rising cases of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in Nigeria.

According to the international agency, Nigeria accounts for the third-highest global number of FGM with a ‘worrying trend’ which has risen from 16.9 percent in 2013 to 19.2 percent.

UNICEF Representative in Nigeria, Peter Hawkins said this in a statement released on Sunday in commemoration of the International Day of Zero Tolerance of FGM.

“Female genital mutilation (FGM) remains widespread in Nigeria. With an estimated 19.9 million survivors, Nigeria accounts for the third-highest number of women and girls who have undergone FGM worldwide.

“The practice of FGM not only has no health benefits – it is deeply harmful to girls and women, both physically and psychologically. It is a practice that has no place in our society today and must be ended, as many Nigerian communities have already pledged to do.”

“State prevalence ranges from 62 percent in Imo to less than 1 percent in Adamawa and Gombe. The prevalence of FGM is highest in the South East (35 percent) and South West (30 percent) and lowest in the North East (6 percent).”

To end the menace, he said, “UNICEF is initiating a community-led movement to eliminate FGM in five Nigerian states where it is highly prevalent: Ebonyi, Ekiti, Imo, Osun and Oyo.

According to him, nearly three million girls and women would have undergone FGM in these states in the last five years.

The UNICEF in response to the alarming rate of FGM cases in Nigeria has created a movement called – “The Movement for Good.” It is aimed to reach five million adolescent girls and boys, women – including especially pregnant and lactating mothers – men, grandparents, and traditional, community and religious leaders, legislators, justice sector actors, and state officials through an online pledge to ‘say no’ to FGM.

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  1. So many parts of Delta and Edo state are laying flat on this table. Such evil.

  2. Liars from the pits of hell. Nigeria can't even come close to top 10. These foreign countries and their stupid organizations be doing the most in trying to portray Africa as backwards and stamp their supremacy with their stupid ranking and analysis.

  3. Are we sure of this statistics?

  4. Really with all this sensitization and exposure,I can't most Nigerians are still involved in this archaic and barbaric act.


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