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Culture / Re: Toyin Saraki: We Need Change In Perception To End Female Genital Mutilation by felxfame(m): 3:25pm On Apr 06, 2017
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Mainstreaming FGM/C in existing school club programmes will help sustain the campaign, it involves analysing how FGM/C impacts a sector and determining how the sector should respond based on its comparative advantage. Also Mainstreaming FGM/C into the education sector will help to shape young people’s attitudes and influence their future behaviour.
Some of the strategies for mainstreaming FGM/C into the education sector include:
1. Inclusion in the Curriculum: By integrating FGM into formal/non-formal education, the topic is less of a taboo and young people can receive accurate information. .
2. Training of teachers: When teachers are trained they can educate young people and also support those at risk of undergoing or have already undergone FGM/C. .
3. Formation of Anti-FGM/C Clubs: This involves training of students and mobilising them to form a Club that focuses solely on FGM/C activities.

4. Partnering with School Clubs: Training the members of existing school clubs, health, press, debate, etc. to integrate FGM/C education into their regular activities .
5. Education sector stakeholders should take the lead on all FGM/C activities in the education sector, including projects implemented by external partners.

6. In Imo State Nigeria, the Young Social media advocates are using Peer Educators Club to tackle #FGM.
To learn more about their success stories, Join Felxfame Omovie Enisire on the UNICEF Nigeria weekly Twitter conference on the topic: “Expanding and sustaining the end FGM/C campaign through existing School Clubs”
Date: Thursday 6thApril, 2017
Time: 5pm to 7pm Nigeria Time
Venue: Twitter Tag: #endcuttinggirls

This conversation will help programme implementers to explore options that will help in the endFGM campaign even as they commence sensitisation campaign in schools and enlighten the public.

Please Use our Social media toolkit to support the campaign during this conversation period.

Together we will end FGM/C in this generation.

Culture / Re: Toyin Saraki: We Need Change In Perception To End Female Genital Mutilation by felxfame(m): 3:19pm On Apr 06, 2017
Wife of Senate President and Chairperson, Mrs. Toyin Saraki, has said that beyond criminalizing female genital mutilation through legislation, Nigerians need to have a change in mentality and a greater understanding of the risks to eliminate the practice completely.

In an article she wrote for Huffington Post to mark UN day for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), Mrs. Saraki said that Midwives are the best catalysts that will bring about the necessary change in mentality.

She stressed that the battle against FGM is yet to be won, however, through a combined effort from governments, international organisations, and individuals, the practice can be overturned.

Saraki said; “FGM was criminalized in Nigeria in 2015, signifying a historic step towards outlawing the practice globally... MORE READS AT http://www.vintageinfo.com.ng/2017/02/08/toyin-saraki-we-need-change-in-perception-to-end-female-genital-mutilation/
Health / Global Media Strategies And Best Practices For Nigeria's Campaign Against FGM/C by felxfame(m): 6:47pm On Jul 19, 2016
Female genital mutilation has no known health benefits. On the contrary, it is known to be harmful to girls and women in many ways. First and foremost, it is painful and traumatic. The removal of or damage to healthy, normal genital tissue interferes with the natural functioning of the body and can cause several immediate and long-term health consequences. For example, FGM can cause excessive bleeding, swelling of genital tissue and problems urinating, and severe infections that can lead to shock and in some cases, death, as well as complications in childbirth and increased risk of perinatal deaths.

Join young Nigerian Social media advocates this Thursday on twitter as we share our ideas on Global Media Strategies and Best Practices for Nigeria's campaign against Female Genital Mutilation.
we will be privileged to have Asenath from Kenya who is the Communications manager for the Girl Generation.

join us by 5:00 pm Nigerian time and follow @rayvocate @amwithigah and @endcuttinggirls with the hash tag


powered by the joint UNFPA/UNICEF programme on FGM/C abandonment.

Health / FGM Twitter Conference (A Live Twitter Conversation With Young Nigerian FGM Camp by felxfame(m): 8:59pm On Apr 13, 2016

FGM which means Female Genital Mutilation refers to the partial or total removal of the external female Instruments or other injury to the female genital organs for cultural or other non-medical reasons.
FGM is also called Female circumcision or Female genital cutting

An estimated 100 million to 140 million girls and women alive today are believed to have been subjected to FGM; they are predominately in sub-Saharan Africa and the Arab States. But rates of FGM are increasing, a reflection of global population growth.
A key challenge is not only protecting girls who are currently at risk but also ensuring that those to be born in the future will be free from the dangers of the practice. This is especially important considering that FGM-concentrated countries are generally experiencing high population growth and have large youth populations. In 2010, for example, more than 45 per cent of the female populations in the Gambia, Mali, Somalia and Uganda were under age 15. Source: UNFPA

Situation in Nigeria:
An estimated 19.9 million Nigerian women have undergone FGM/C
meaning that approximately 16% of the 125 million FGM/C survivors worldwide are Nigerians (NPoPC 2014).
Overall prevalence of FGM/C among girls and women aged 15-49 years in Nigeria (27%) is lower than in many countries (NDHS 2013).
However, due to its large population, Nigeria has the third highest absolute number of women and girls (19.9 million) who have undergone FGM/C worldwide (after Egypt and Ethiopia)
The 2013 NDHS collected information about FGM/C in Nigeria from all women age 15-49yrs. The topics covered included knowledge and prevalence of FGM/C, type of circumcision, age at circumcision, and attitudes toward the practice of circumcision.
27% of women age 15-49 has been circumcised.
82% of women in Nigeria undergo FGM before age 5.
FGM/C is more prevalent in the southern zones than in the northern zones. States with the highest prevalence Osun (77%), Ebonyi (74%) , Ekiti (72%), Imo (68%) and Oyo (66%)
Knowledge of FGM is higher among Yoruba women than among women in any other ethnic group in Nigeria.
FGM is most prevalent among Yoruba women (55%), followed by Igbo women (45%)
Infibulation is more prevalent in Nasarawa (22%), Kaduna (21%), and Bayelsa (20%) than in other states.
Proportion of FGM among girls age 0-14 is higher among those whose mothers have also been circumcised.
The higher a mother’s level of education, the less likely her daughter has been circumcised.
26% of girls age 0-14 whose mothers were infibulated were also circumcised and had their genital area sewn closed.
87% of girls age 0-14 and 80% of women age 15-49 were cut by a traditional agent (Circumciser, TBA, & others). 12% of girls and 13% of women were cut by a medical professional (Doctor, Nurse/Midwife and others)
68% of women and 57 % of men who have heard of FGM believe that the practice is not required by their religion.
64% of women and 62% of men think that the practice of FGM should not continue. Source: UNFPA

To help eradicate the practice of FGM, join Young Nigerian FGM/C campaigners on a live twitter Conversation.
Topic: Common Myths Associated With FGM/C
All Tweets should be direted to @felxfames or @endcuttinggirls
and #endcuttinggirls and #endfgm hashtags should be used.

Health / Fgm/c:call For Permanent Abandonment by felxfame(m): 3:05am On Nov 19, 2015
Female genital mutilation (FGM), also known as female genital cutting and female circumcision, is the ritual removal of some or all of the external female Instruments. Typically carried out by a traditional circumciser using a blade, with or without anaesthesia, FGM is concentrated in 27 African countries, Yemen and Iraqi Kurdistan, and found elsewhere in Asia, the Middle East, and among diaspora communities around the world.[8][n 1] It is conducted from days after birth to puberty and beyond; in half the countries for which national figures are available, most girls are cut before the age of five.[4]

The procedures differ according to the ethnic group. They include removal of the clitoral hood and clitoral glans, removal of the inner labia, and in the most severe form (known as infibulation) removal of the inner and outer labia and closure of the vulva. In this last procedure, a small hole is left for the passage of urine and menstrual fluid; the vagina is opened for intercourse and opened further for childbirth. Health effects depend on the procedure, but can include recurrent infections, chronic pain, cysts, an inability to get pregnant, complications during childbirth, and fatal bleeding.[10] There are no known health benefits.[11]

The practice is rooted in gender inequality, attempts to control women’s sexuality, and ideas about purity, modesty and aesthetics. It is usually initiated and carried out by women, who see it as a source of honour and fear that failing to have their daughters and granddaughters cut will expose the girls to social exclusion.[n 2] Over 130 million women and girls have experienced FGM in the 29 countries in which it is concentrated.[3] The United Nations Population Fund estimates that 20 percent of affected women have been infibulated, a practice found largely in northeast Africa, particularly Djibouti, Eritrea, Somalia and northern Sudan.[14][15]

FGM has been outlawed or restricted in most of the countries in which it occurs, but the laws are poorly enforced.[16] There have been international efforts since the 1970s to persuade practitioners to abandon it, and in 2012 the United Nations General Assembly, recognizing FGM as a human-rights violation, voted unanimously to intensify those efforts.[17] The opposition is not without its critics, particularly among anthropologists. Eric Silverman writes that FGM has become one of anthropology’s central moral topics, raising difficult questions about cultural relativism, tolerance and the universality of human rights.[18]

to help end this violence on the girl child join our twitter conference:
#ENDFGMng every Thursday by 5:00PM - 7:00PM

Source: https://opeyes./2015/11/17/fgmccall-for-permanent-abandonment/

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