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End-FGM Media Campaign, Osun State, Nigeria

By Deji Adefila,

Adedeji Adefila is an anti-FGM campaigner fighting for women’s rights and an end to FGM in Osun State, Nigeria.

Our Media Campaign:

The Media activities started with spreading our electronic Flyer to sensitize in the new media ahead of the live show on Radio. The Radio Engagements on Osun State Broadcasting Corporation OSBC 104.5FM were scheduled.

The team hosted the Controller, News and Current Affairs Department, Radio Nigeria, Gold FM, Ilesa and he is also the Assistant Secretary National Institute of Public Relations, Osun State Chapter, Mr. Adenitan Akinola Charles. He spoke about Female Genital Mutilation (FGM):

“It is a cultural system that will take a little time to eradicate, though believe with media advocacy and grassroots efforts, this will be achieved.”

Mr. Adenitan Akinola
The man who is also a Lawyer emphasized the position of VAAP Law that was recently passed by the Osun State House of Assembly as a veritable tool that will curb offenders.

On Saturday 28th August, a Gender and Vulnerability Consultant with the World Bank was our guest. She is Ms.Temilola Oloba, while we also had a Live Phone-In chat with our Triple-A Activist Ayo Bello.

Mrs. Oloba stressed:

“There is the need to fully involve Men in the campaign citing examples of countries like Kenya, Gambia, and Somalia who have seen results because Men are involved. Men are decision Makers and so must be properly carried along in this campaign”

Mrs. Oloba

Ayo Bello also mentioned:

“its deprivation of human rights to CUT girls.”

Ayo Bello

The Triple-A Activist, Ayo Bello alluded to the fact that efforts must be intensified both in the media and community advocacy to have a positive impact.

There were Live Phone calls from listeners citing ignorance and illiteracy as a bane in different communities in Osun State. They however appreciated the media campaign that has always been consistent by PeeDee Media on Osun State Broadcasting Corporation, and because it reached into Rural Communities in the State where these practices are mostly carried out.

Ruth Harley

Ruth Harley is working with GMC as a Website News Editor, compiling stories written by End FGM campaigners working with the Global Media Campaign to End FGM across Africa. Alongside this work, she is running The Women’s Vinyl Project which empowers women and girls through singing and music and is helping to end FGM.