In a bid to put an end to harmful practices like circumcisions and violence against women and girls, Young Women Christian Association-YWCA recently took to the streets of Ajegunle in Lagos to create awareness on the negative side effects of female circumcisions.
Speaking at the advocacy program, Sussie Metu, Co-coordinator, YWCA Lagos, noted that the event was to “to sensitize women and girls, and the general community on their rights, especially on the fact female circumcision is an unhealthy an infringement on the sexual rights of women.”
“The act is also unhealthy because perpetuators make use of unhygienic and shared traditional tools. Most times, they even over-cut the genital, leading to excessive bleeding and eventual death”, she added.
Similarly, health expert, Dr Tope Oyedeji of Osogbo-based Trinity Maternity Home and Health Centre, also warned parents to stop female circumcision to avoid the health danger associated with the practice.
Oyedeji particularly noted that the practice could “lead to infertility, urinary and vaginal infections, chronic pain, fatal hemorrhaging, epidemic cysts and complications during childbirth”.
Sussie earlier explained to Feminista that the Ajegunle community was chosen on the basis of its vast ethnic diversity.