FGM: Group partners journalists for aggressive campaign


     Some of the beneficiaries of the training

By Agatha Eze 

Two days now, a group known as the  Centre for Social Value and Early Childhood Development, CESVED, trained media workers to help in sensitizing people in order to stop female genital mutilation, FGM.

The group who saw media workers especially those practising journalism as a veritable tool to use in the campaign against FGM sought for their partnership in Ebonyi State and other parts of the country.

This was the group's major appeal in the two days training which involved journalists and community leaders on the  campaign to end female genital mutilation or cutting held at Salt Lake Hotel in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital.

The  Board of Trustee Chairman of the group, Augustine Enyi observed that some tradition and religious preachers who believe in the practice have been basing their argument to the time of Adam and Eve whereas others laid their claims on tradition with no medical prove for such ugly practice to continue in the society.

Enyi urged journalists to use their various media platforms to sensitize Ebonyi people mostly the ruralities on the negative effects of the practice.

Making a paper presentation,  Chika Igwe of Ebonyi Broadcasting Corporation said, FGM has caused serious harms to the female folks and however, called for its stoppage.

He equally expressed optimism that if media workers are engaged with the community stakeholders, the practice would be fought heavily. 

He noted that all the types of female genital cuttings have series of adverse effects and therefore, urged people to desist from the practice.

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