Men - boys interaction panacea for female genital mutilation

| Updated Nov 21, 2017 at 1:19pm



Intense engagement of men and boys has been identified as a major panacea to break the myth surrounding Female Genital Mutilation, (FGM).

To this end, participants at a forum on the inimical act have resolved to equip males with skills to enable them to mobilize their colleagues for a social change and possible elimination of the practice.

Presenting a paper on the need to engage men and boys on FGM, the Regional Programs Manager of Sonke Gender Justice, an NGO, Itumeleng Komanyane, called for a holistic multisectoral approach to hasten the advocacy campaign.

Female Genital Mutilation, (FGM) refers to all procedures that involve partial or total removal of the external female genital organs for non medical reasons.

The practice deprives either the girl child or the woman her sexual rights as well as the enjoyment of pleasure.

Madam Komanyane noted that the involvement of men and boys is key to effecting the necessary change within the shortest possible time, adding that women and girls alone do not suffer the negative effects of the practice, but men and boys alike.

She therefore proposed that all barriers hindering the participation of men in the process be broken to ensure success of the initiative.

The Country Director of IPAS Ghana, an NGO , Dr. Ebo Jehu Appiah stressed the need for societal reorientation of men and boys in order to get them committed to the elimination of FGM.

Participants at the end of the forum pledged to work closely with all stakeholders especially at the community level to achieve the desired results.

The event attracted gender ministers as well as country representatives from countries across the African continent.

Story:Naa Dzagbley Ago