By Anayo Okoli
UMUAHIA— SOUTHERN Governors’ Wives Forum (SGWF) has vowed to end the harmful practice of female genital mutilation by engaging relevant institutions and stakeholders to tackle the problem.
In a communiqué the forum issued from their 4th quarterly meeting held in Umuahia, Abia State, the women also resolved to vigorously pursue programmes and activities that would enhance the life of the “physical, spiritual, emotional and moral needs of the girl child and women”.
Signed by Mrs. Nneoma Nkechi Rochas Okorocha, the Chairperson, SGWF and Mrs. Olufunso Amosun, Secretary, SGWF; the forum also resolved to “encourage and support women to get involved in community services and development”, saying that they would initiate enlightenment and advocacy programmes that would encourage children to develop along the lines of their natural talents and abilities.
SGWF also condemned the maltreatment of widows in many parts of the country which they noted comes in various guises and vowed to be in the vanguard of attitudinal change campaigns so as to eschew unbridled and wicked rumours and the negative practice of women engaged in pulling down fellow women.
The forum called on women to teach their children sex education and facts of life as a way of discouraging promiscuity and the ugly incidence of teenage pregnancy.
SGWF promised to organize seminars and symposia to encourage women to go for regular medical check-ups to enable them detect the early stages of breast cancer, ovarian cancer and cervical cancer, saying that early detection saves lives.