Mother’s fight against FGM

When Nigeria outlawed FGM in May by GEJ as the last-minute bill to pass, my initial reaction was ‘great’! Then I thought, what is the purpose of passing this into the law when we all knew there will be no enforcement of law in place?

Few days later, I realised how little the news was publicised in Nigeria online media outlets. In fact the news was enthusiastically recorded in foreign news outlets than Nigeria.

‘Why aren’t we celebrating this important landmark?’ I asked myself.

Something was not right. Maybe people are tired of yet another law that only serve to make mockery of important human rights abuse case?

The other day I read about a London-based father who insisted his three girls  go through FGM in Nigeria just go to show how flimsy Nigeria law against FGM is.

UK in the last few years has done a lot to raise awareness, also gone a step further to empower schools to talk to their pupils about FGM so children can open up and seek for help if need be.

This father’s chance of getting away with cutting his daughters in the UK is very slim now. So his only option was to lure the girls to Nigeria where he’d get away with it.

The mother herself went through FGM and testified she has never fully recovered from the trauma.

A six years old girl is grown enough and will forever remember the trauma for life. The girls concerned are 6, 9 and 12 years old.

I say well done to the sensible mother for standing up against bad tradition.

Here’s her full story 

Categories: Africa, Nigeria, Women


12 replies

  1. You took the words right out of my mouth Sis. In fact, at a point I had to raid the internet to be sure I heard right that the bill has been passed. It marvelled me that the Nigerian media did not deem it important enough to hype on it.
    Enforcement is the main issue though, will the law be enforced at all?
    Women-mothers and all- should be at fore front of this fight.
    Great write up Sis.

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    • Glad you are surprised with very low media coverage too…

      For the enforcement to be effective, we need right people in key places. Only a fraction of Nigerians of child bearing age had their children at the hospital, for those who did, what I have heard was they are getting education about FGM, even a bit of threat from doctors saying they would not treat complications as a result of FGM – my sister was told this both in Osun and Lagos.

      Like you, I am sceptical about the enforcement but it can be done with strategic planning. To begin with most women have their children at home or in religious birthing centres – these are the areas to focus on with visitation and education if we were to see end to FGM.

      Thank you for stopping by!

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  2. The implication from the story is that the mother is opposed to the husband. Did the marriage last?

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  3. It is indeed a landmark mandate. I just wish those decisions were made from the family and tribal units. Tribal leaders fear that eradicating FGM is taking away from their culture. Unfortunately, they continuously fail to see that this practice takes away from their daughters.

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  4. Fola, I read the full story. I do hope the mother is able to protect her daughters. What a torture and they are so young. It is always a struggle to find justice. We must never give up the fight.

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