Nigeria: Unicef, UNFPA Partner Imo On Campaign Against Female Genital Mutilation
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) are jointly working with the wife of the Imo State Governor, Mrs. Nneoma Okorocha to stop the obnoxious act of Female Genital Mutilation or Cutting (FGM/C) in the state.
The UN agencies also called on the Imo state government to put in place a comprehensive legislation to criminalise the FGM/C practice and ensure strict enforcement, adding that the Violence Against Persons Prohibition (VAPP) Bill should be revisited and passed as a law in that regard. The Chief of Enugu field office (UNICEF) Mr. Charles Nzuki and the Country Representative of UNFPA, Mrs. Beatrice Mutali gave the directive at the launch of a campaign to end Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting organised by Mrs. Okorocha in Owerri recently. Nzuki who disclosed that Imo has the fourth highest FGM/C prevalence in the country said a recent baseline survey conducted in 2014 under the UNFPA /UNICEF joint programme on accelerating change for abandonment of FGM further provided prevalence rate of FGM in the LGAs of the state.