The International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), Rivers chapter, has appealed to Abual/Odual women in the state to end Female Genital Mutilation.
Mrs Tonia Osademe, Chairman of the federation in Rivers, made the call in Ayama, headquarters of Abua/Odual Local Government Area, on Tuesday.
She said that Feb. 6 of every year is the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).
The chairman however noted that the practice was on the decrease in 22 local government areas of the state.
According to her, FGM campaign is succeeding due to FIDA’s efforts, adding that the federation is taking the campaign across the state, including worship centres.
Osademe revealed that the Abua/Odual council had the highest prevalence of female circumcision in Rivers, while other 22 local councils were gradually stopping the practice.
He noted that the circumcision of an expectant mother has consequences such as infection, excessive bleeding and death, among others.
However, women who spoke during the campaign differed in their positions; with some supporting the practice while others described it as a tradition they were born to meet.
Mrs Sokari Inmo, a mother of two children, said she was not circumcised; and that she would not circumcise her daughters.
Other women argued that lack of circumcision had made young and unmarried ladies become sexually active, “pursuing men up and down, seeking satisfactions everywhere’’.
FIDA which has its mandate as protection, promoting and preserving the rights of women and children, described the practice as “rape and violence”.