Some traditional rulers in Anambra State have reiterated their commitment to stopping female genital mutilation in communities
Traditional ruler of Umuoba Anam, Anambra East Local Government Area, Igwe George Ekwealor and his Ukwalla counterpart, in Anambra West LGA, Igwe Joseph Ajodo made their feelings known in a one day awareness campaign to end harmful traditional practices and female genital mutilation held at conference Hall, Government House Awka.
The traditional rulers assured of their preparedness in ensuring that there is zero tolerance to harmful traditional practices and female genital mutilation in their communities.
They promised that they will evaluate local customs and practices in their communities regarding harmful traditional practices/ female genital cutting that are unhealthy to development and violates human rights.
They promised to promote campaign to zero tolerance to the harmful traditional practices using grassroots mobilisation of umuadas, opinion leaders, clan heads and presidents general to address the ugly development.
The traditional rulers, who condemned the acts in its entirety, hinted that female genital circumcision can cause death or health problems as well as severe pains.
In their separate speeches, the state coordinator, Rule of Law and Anti Corruption Programmes, Mrs Josephine Onah and Mrs Loveth Onyendilefu explained that female genital circumcision is a procedure performed on woman or girls to alter or injure her genitalia for non medical reasons and performed without anesthesia under septic condition by the practitioner with little or no knowledge of human anatomy or medicine.
Practioners, they hinted, look at female genital circumcision as integral part of cultural and ethnic identity and some perceived it as a religious obligation.
They consider the practice of female genital circumcision as detrimental to women’s health and well being while others consider it as a ritualised form of child abuse and violence against women, a violation of human rights.