In putting an end to FGM, men have a crucial role to play in ensuring that the brutal act goes into extinction.
This among others was what the radio program on FUTA 93.1FM about ending summer cutting was all about.
The program featured Bar. Dotun Adegoroye, a legal practitioner, and Gbenga Adesina, a public analyst. The program was aired live in yoruba language especially for those who do not understand yoruba.
There was an emphasis on the fact that even though FGM is an age-long cultural practice, it has to be stopped because of the pain it inflicts on girls and women and also because it does not have any health benefit.
Gbenga Adesina iterated that the fact that a thing was done in the past does not mean it should continue now. People have become more enlightened, and it is important that we move with the tide.
They also mentioned the fact that no religion supports the cutting of girls. The men in the society were admonished to rise up and join the fight against FGM. We received a lot of calls from the men appreciating the radio advocacy and a man was enlightened properly when he attributed FGM as a cultural/religious practices that can never be eradicated.
The law has made a provision of 4 years jail term for anyone found guilty with the option of paying a fine says Bar. Dotun Adegoroye and anybody that assist/advice is liable to 2 years jail term.
FGM is a brutal act that should stop now!