December 3 2017.
On this 9th day of the #16daysactivism on elimination of violence against women, HRAN devotes attention to female genital mutilation/cutting.
Female genital mutilation is the ritual cutting or removal of some or all of the external female genitalia. The practice is rooted in gender inequality which attempts to control women’s sexuality, and ideas about purity, modesty and beauty.
Genital Mutilation is a major violation of women and rights of women in Nigeria and across the world. Despite the laws that advance the cause for eradication of this form of violence against women such as the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR), as well as several domestic statutes, this practice has continued to be on the increase given the deliberate silence by the government, groups and prominent individuals in the society. Most perpetrators are never punished as they are often shielded in most areas by the norms, beliefs, cultures, and systems that encourage this form of violence.
HRAN calls on Nigerian governments at federal and state levels, human rights activists, NGOs, and the media to put in more concerted efforts towards the eradication of this form of violence against women through the adoption and implementation of stricter laws like the Violence against Persons (Prohibition) Act 2015 that would prosecute perpetrators and create public awareness and sensitization aimed at addressing the health implications of this practice on women and girls.