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Multiple Media campaigns to end FGM, Nigeria

by Raymond Okpani,

Raymond Okpani recent media activities to end FGM. His work involved a radios discussion, jingles, educational visits as well as a rally and street walk.

Celebrated day:

The International Day of the African child is celebrated annually on June 16 and it aims at raising awareness for the situation of children in African, and on the need for continuous improvement in

During the celebration, members of various communities at all levels are encouraged to share something special with a child in Africa in the spirit of abundance. However, the children specifically female children are the major victims of the harmful practice of female genital mutilation is largely rooted in cultural beliefs and mostly carried on young girls and women for different reasons which are just mythical beliefs.

Our work:

In line with achieving the goal and global objective to eliminate all forms of harmful practices especially FGM by the Global Media Campaign to end FGM.

We organized & hosted the following activities to commemorate the global activity:

  • EndFGM Radio Discussion with young medical students from the Ebonyi State University Teaching Hospital. The show featured Ms. Edna Igwe, Damian Omogo, Mr. Chikezie, and the executive director of Youthspark Pan Africa who all took turns to highlight the significance of the international day of the African child. Afterward, there was a conversation around the rights to quality health and education of children. As well, the negative impact of female genital mutilation is one of the violations of the rights of children particularly the girl child.
  • PEP Talk on FGM with Secondary School Students of Staff College School, Ikwo. This involved twelve members of the youth spark team and volunteers who stormed Ikwo local government area. They visited schools to talk to other students on their rights as well as, staying away from social vices like drug abuse, prostitution, and other forms of abuse prevalent in society.
  • Rally & Street walk to sensitize the public on the significance of the International Day of the African Child.
  • Radio jingles and public announcement to commemorate the DAC

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.