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Female Genital Mutilation cases rise in Pusiga, Kassena Nankana West Districts High – UNFPA

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A recent study conducted by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has shown an escalating prevalence of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) among women aged 15 to 49 in the Upper East Region.

The research indicated a disconcerting surge, with close to 16 percent of girls and women in various districts, especially those in the Pusiga and Kassena Nankana West Districts, willingly undergoing the practice to circumvent social stigma.

Female Genital Mutilation involves the non-medical alteration or injury to female genitalia, a deeply entrenched cultural practice that poses severe health risks and violates the rights of women.

The UNFPA’s findings shed light on the urgency of addressing this concerning issue, particularly in the Upper East, North-East, and Upper West Regions.

The revelation came to the forefront during the launch of the Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) Baseline Report in Bolgatanga.

Mr. Atubiga Baba, the project Coordinating consultant, emphasized the gravity of the situation, urging immediate attention in the various districts.

He said the willingness of a significant portion of girls and women to undergo FGM reflects the enduring social pressures and norms that perpetuate this harmful practice.

Mr. Baba pointed out that combating FGM requires a multifaceted approach, including education, awareness campaigns, and community engagement.

The report underscores the necessity for targeted interventions to break the cycle of social acceptance surrounding FGM and protect the rights and well-being of women in various districts.

Dr. Wilfred Ochan, a representative of the UNFPA, indicated research serves as a wake-up call for local authorities, NGOs, and communities to collaborate in eradicating FGM.

She added that efforts should be directed towards fostering a supportive environment that empowers women and girls, offering alternatives to traditional practices that compromise their health and rights.

Source: A1Radioonline.Com|101.1MHZ|Moses Apiah|Bolgatanga

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