ACCRA, Otiko Afisa Djaba, Ghana’s Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, has called on stakeholders to collaborate effectively with the Ministry in its efforts to eradicate Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in the country.
She said the practice of mutilating any part of the labia minora within the vagina of a female was an ancient culture which had no benefit to society now and added that it was an act of torture and brought psychological trauma to the victims.
She described FGM as a murderous act which parents should discourage and insisted that the health hazards posed by the act was enormous and should not be encouraged. It was time to end such an inhuman activity, she stressed.
Addressing a gathering at Pusiga in Ghana’s Upper East Region (Province), she urged parents and guardians to desist from the act because it was criminal under the law and unacceptable. She warned perpetrators to put a stop to the practice or risk being prosecuted.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK