International Day for the campaign against FGM/C

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 The 2018 edition of International Day for the campaign against Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) was marked on Tuesday, 6 February 2018 with the collaboration of Women Research and Document Centre (WORDOC), NELINA, Splash FM, and African Rubys Rising, at St. Anne’s school, Molete, Ibadan.

The collaborating organizations convened a one-day workshop on ‘Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting’, which is the global theme for the campaign this year. The workshop brought together teenage girls from various secondary schools in Oyo State. WORDOC coordinator, Dr Sharon Omotoso of IAS’s Gender Studies programme, who spoke on the ‘Facts about Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting’, chaired the Workshop.

Other Keynote speakers included Mrs Abiola Ayodokun, who gave an elaborate lecture on ‘Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting’. She expatiated on the processes, types, and practices of FGM/C in Africa, and encouraged the girls to join hands in the fight against such practices that are against the fundamental human rights of the girls and women. Mary Aniefiok William, a representative of the NELINA Foundation and Miss Tope Adegbuyi, a volunteer from WORDOC, led the discussion on the ‘Psychological Effects of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting’ while Dr Ayilara of Ariyo Hospital, Ibadan, gave a talk titled ‘My cycle and I’.

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Dr Sharon Omotoso

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Students at the workshop

 
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The IAS and WORDOc team at the workshop

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