Empowering Agents of Change
Anti FGM- campaigners and activists, community levels leaders such as teachers, pastors, health workers youth, political leaders are playing and continue to play a critical transforming role in changing cultural norms and swaying attitudes against the ill effects of female genital mutilation.
In alternative rites of passage girls transition to womanhood without FGM by participating in the alternative rites of passage graduation ceremonies. During the ceremony, the girls vow to remain uncut, and the whole community pledges to support the process.
Journalists and media organisations are also crucial to the global effort to eliminate FGM by reporting on FGM and other harmful practices respectfully and ethically. As a result of their reports
and stories listeners, readers and viewers will be able to discuss and share their opinions through social media platforms that will contribute towards shift the attitudes against FGM.
As we mark the 2018 international day International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, we need to continue to accelerate efforts that raise awareness of the FGM issue against the worrying backdrop of the rising numbers of girls at risk. We need to advocate for political commitment aimed at stopping this harmful practice across African countries.
Zero is the only acceptable number!
Dr. Julitta Onabanjo,
UNFPA East and Southern Regional Office