Female genital mutilation (FGM) known as “Didabe f’omobirin” (In Yoruba language) , is defined as “all procedures that involve the partial or total removal of the external female genitalia, or any other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons.
In Nigeria, 44 million women alive today aged 15-45 years have undergone FGM procedure. Osun State is one of the states with high prevalence of FGM (76.4%- UNFPA) responsible for the high prevalence of FGM prevalence in Nigeria. 1 out of every 3 girls in Osun State has undergone FGM procedure.
Despite FGM been recognized globally as a violation of human rights, with several health, psychological, social and economic consequences, individuals and families in Osun State still indulge in FGM practice.
In Osun State, FGM procedure is usually performed on girls before age 5. It is done within communities and usually nearby households are aware when such is to be performed. Community members, families or individuals seeking help from or against FGM practice do not have a safe space or rescue contact to call for help or report other than going to law enforcement agent. This has been shown to provide little or no result as evident by zero case report in law enforcement agent offices despite high prevalence.
WORKING TO END FGM THROUGH MOBILE TECHNOLOGY AND PROVISION OF RESCUE SUPPORT.
With the support of UNFPA Nigeria, Value Female Network set-up an FGM rescue line was set-up (+234-9023227272) and popularized within Osun State using traditional and social media (radio, posters, handbills, facebook, twitter and instagram.
An expert rescue team was constituted which consists of a doctor, lawyer, police-officer, trained Anti-FGM advocate). We also partnered the following centers as referral centers:
- Two obstetrics and gynecology specialists’ hospitals in Osogbo, Osun State: (Demal Clinic and Ayomide specialist hospital).
- One Skills center (Divine Favour Limited)
- Two police stations
The rescue line provides a 24 hours FGM rescue and counseling services. People in need of support, immediate rescue intervention and counseling call the rescue line to report or request. Beneficiaries are further linked with appropriate referral centers where further support are been provided.
We have been able to provide:
- 4 FGM rescue interventions
- Linked 8 FGM survivors to referral centers
- Enlightened 250 people about the harmful effects of FGM
One of such is a 14 year old girl named Orire Ayomide, who called our rescue line to notify us that her parents were planning to mutilate her 4 year old sibling. Our rescue team paid an advocacy visit to the family and used evidence based approach enlightened them on FGM effects. Ayomide’s sibling, Ruth, is still with her parents and they promised not to circumcise her.
Also, Ashabi, an 18 year old girl called to request for help as she has been living with one of the consequences of FGM- Hypertrophic Scar, after her circumcision at age 4. She was linked to our referral hospital and she is presently been worked-up for surgery with the consent of her parents. Her parents and community members were also enlightened about FGM.
- Minimal referral centers: We are working to expand the numbers of our referral centers and provide FGM advocacy capacity building training for staffs/volunteers in the centers.
- Low publicity: We are working on a grass-root publicity method to enhance publicity for the rescue line and associated services.
Kindly find pictures of our activities by clicking on the following link:
PICTURES OF ABC 3RD EDITION
PICTURES OF UNFPA SKILLS TRAINING DAY 2
PICTURES OF UNFPA SKILLS TRAINING DAY 1
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