End Female Genital Mutilation(FGM) in Enugu State,Nigeria
Using Social Change Communication Techniques to end the practice of FGM in Awgu Local Government of Enugu State, Nigeria.
Empower women and girls in Awgu Local Government area of Enugu State, Nigeria, so they can end Female Genital Mutilation.
About the Project
What are we doing?
Society for the Improvement of Rural People (SIRP), Nigeria will work to empower women and girls in Awgu Local Government Council of Enugu State, Nigeria. We will undertake a 6 months of FGM Activism Campaign ( September - February 2019) to sensitise women and girls in the local government council of the health and sexual rights infraction implications of FGM on their girl children; and to empower the women with Refusal skills etc to be able to stand up to their rights not to be ‘cut’. They will learn their rights, so they can stand up against violence and know how to access medical, legal and psychological support. SIRP Nigeria will work with communities in the local government council (Awgu) to end female genital mutilation.
In Awgu Local Government Council, FGM has long been understood as a ‘’ bargaining social tool with patriarchy’’ and a means to curb female promiscuity and has also been associated with marriageability. FGM to them is a means to earn respectability, a degree of mobility and acceptable social status. But these are myths which need to be debunked through a constructive intergenerational dialogue that will involve men and women of different ages, youths, religious and cultural leaders; first to understand their perspectives on FGM and through a non- threatening dialogue get them to have a paradigm shift in their thoughts and actions with a view to stopping FGM in their communities.
It must be noted that harmful traditional practices, including female genital mutilation are very common and persistent in Nigeria. In Awgu Local Government, where the project is based, nearly three out of four women and girls have experienced female genital mutilation. The practice is a fundamental violation of women and girls’ human rights. It can also be extremely painful and dangerous and often leads to complications during pregnancy and birth - the two leading causes of death among girls aged 14-19 in Nigeria. Moreover, girls who experience female genital mutilation are less likely to finish school, thus denying them their right to education and reducing their chances of being economically independent in the future
How will your donations change lives?
This project will have an enormous impact on the lives of women and girls in Awgu Local government Council of Enugu State, Nigeria. It will all begin with SIRP training 50 (30 women and 15 men) community leaders, including elders, chiefs and women leaders, about violence against women and girls, female genital mutilation as a violation of human rights and the law that prohibits the practice. These people will lead the campaign to end female genital mutilation. Your donations will provide transport, refreshments and stationery for the training sessions, as well as hire the hall to hold the sessions in. In total, your donations will support 202 women and 111 men to attend the events and they will pass on their knowledge to another 725people. Your support will also allow the community leaders to speak at local events, schools, churches and women's groups. They will be provided with transport, refreshments and a professional facilitator to assist them. They will spread awareness of the dangers of female genital mutilation and the laws surrounding it e.g Violence Against Persons Prohibition Act 2015 and Enugu State Child Rights Law, 2016.
To maximise the reach of the campaign, your donations will be used to produce two radio programmes; raising awareness of violence against women and girls, women's rights and the law that prohibits female genital mutilation. They will also give information on how to receive support for women and girls who have experienced it. More than 300,000 people will hear the programmes overall.
Finally, during the 6 months of Activism campaign (September - February 2019) communities will hold events, including community dramas and information sessions, on female genital mutilation and violence against women and girls. This will capitalise on the extra publicity surrounding the 6 months of FGM Activism and Campaign ;thus it will help the campaign reach more people across the local government council. Thousands of women’s lives will be transformed through this project.
Mrs Sarah Ugwu a health practitioner explaining to young mothers the difficulties women face during childbirth if they are circumcised.
Our End FGM Change Agent
Sensitising the public on the health and rights violation inherent in FGM practice.
Our FGM Change Agent from Nigerian Civil Defence Corps Enugu State.
The End FGM Project would have profound social impact as follows: •The sexual and human rights of the girl child would be restored and enhanced. •The collapse of patriarchy would happen and awareness of the health and Rights violation inherent in FGM practice takes roof in the community. •Social bond of community life would flourish as the girl child is appreciated and recognized as a member of the family and the community •The culture of silence about the practice of FGM would end; as people live their lives without fear of being persecuted by the community because they did not ‘cut’ their female children. •Social and community cohesion would be engendered on the Day of Celebration of “Naming Ceremony without Cutting”.
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