United Nations Population Fund, UNFPA, and United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF, have said that about twenty million women and girls were subjected to Female Genital Mutilation.
The organisations which disclosed this during a two- weeks Training for stakeholders drawn from five states, with a view to exploring an evidence-based process on communication to promote behavioural change in Calabar, Cross River recently, said Female Genital Mutilation, FGM, still remains a major problem in Nigeria and its harmful practice has serious health implication.
According to UNICEF, the practice of FGM is prevalent in five states, which are Ebonyi, Ekiti, Imo, Osun and Oyo.
While speaking about the workshop, the UNICEF Chief Child Protection in Nigeria, Rachael Harvey, pointed out that Nigeria ranked third in the world and still have the highest absolute number of women and girls who have undergone the practice.
Harvey, represented by a UNICEF Child Protection Specialist, Maryam Enyiazu, said the training would adopt a new proven model in behavioural change to address the issue.
Speaking also, the UNICEF Communication for Development Chief in Nigeria, Mr. Arthur Tweneboa-kodua, corroborated that strategy of Communication for Development being a new proven theory, will be adopted as it is beneficial to programme intervention.