HACEY Host 3rd Annual EndFGM Conference To Advocate Eradication of Female Genital Mutilation 

3rd Annual EndFGM Conference

Leading Non-governmental organization, HACEY Health Initiative has hosted its 3rd annual end FGM conference themed: For Her Rights: Scaling Innovative Human Rights approaches in FGM Interventions. This was hosted in commemoration of International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation to highlight the need for a human rights perspective in developing innovative approaches to […]

Ending female genital mutilation: an approach to achieving gender equality

Female genital mutilation (FGM), a historic practice that involves the partial or complete removal of the external genitalia, is thought to have been performed on 200 million girls and women.  FGM causes serious health repercussions, including but not limited to death, disfigurement, miscarriage, stillbirth, shock, bleeding, sepsis, sexual dysfunction, and posttraumatic stress disorder. It is a grave violation of human rights, especially those of women and children.  The practice is common in 30 African nations, a handful in Asia and the Middle East, and, because of global migration, in many other nations even though it is not authorized by any religion and is prohibited in many of them.  Although the practice’s acceptance or prevalence have declined in some nations, a lot still needs to be done. Adelowokan Toyin Adeola, Osun state Reproductive Health coordinator and gender desk officer, Ministry of Health speaking on the show said; “Many believe that when a woman or girl is cut, it will control her sexual urge which is not true. Women have several sensitive […]

Mental Health And Female Genital Mutilation

Female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) most often affects a woman’s mental health long after the procedure has taken place, leaving scars and taking the pain into her adult life. Women with FGM/C often show signs of psychological trauma: anxiety, somatization, depression, post-traumatic stress and other mood disorders. Some of the immediate consequences of FGM include severe pain […]

Medicalization of Female Genital Mutilation

The World Health Organization defines the “medicalization” of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) as any situation in which FGM/C is practiced by any category of health professionals, whether in a public or a private clinic, at home or elsewhere, at any point in a female’s life. Although the practice is internationally considered harmful, it is increasingly being […]

Spotlight On Female Genital Mutilation

Female genital mutilation (FGM) according to World Health Organization(WHO) comprises all procedures that involve partial or total removal of the external female genitalia, or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons. The act is particularly carried out by traditional practitioners and in some cases, although with evidence, there are greater involvement of health […]

Zero tolerance for FGM: Reporting and speaking out against it

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is one of the most important human rights issues of our time because it goes hand-in-hand with other gender equality issues, including child, early, and forced marriage, honour-based violence, and girls’ education. Talking about FGM opens up doors to wider discussions and can be a catalyst for change. On the 10th episode […]

Changing Cultural Beliefs On Female Genital Mutilation

Female Genital Mutilation is associated with cultural ideologies that are wrapped around concepts of femininity and modesty. These concepts include the notion that girls are clean and beautiful after the removal of body parts that are considered unclean, unfeminine or male. Some people believe that the practice of Female Genital Mutilation has religious support, although […]

How Societal Commitment Helps Stop FGM

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) offers no health benefit and causes serious immediate and long-term physical, psychological and sexual harm, including chronic pain, recurrent urinary and vaginal infections, post-traumatic stress and severe pain during sexual intercourse. The immediate effects of FGM (significant pain and heavy bleeding) recur and are often exacerbated during and after childbirth, especially […]

FGM: NGO highlights role of media in ending menace

A Non-Governmental Organisation, Hacey Health Initiative, has called on media practitioners to use their various platforms to campaign against Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). The NGO which is into the ‘Stop Cut’ project, identified the media as a vital partner in the fight against this menace, urging practitioners to keep informing and educating members of the […]