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Accord Takes Her Gender Development Workshop on Female Genital Mutilation to Abavo Community in Agbor Delta State

Accord Takes Her Gender Development Workshop on Female Genital Mutilation to Abavo Community in Agbor Delta State

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Accord’s Development Advocacy and Gender department carried out a sensitization programme in Abavo Community in Agbor Delta state on 25th October 2017, which aimed to educate the women on social norms which contribute largely to the practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) as well as sensitize them on the consequences of the practice in the community.

During the sensitization programme, the Development Advocacy and Gender Department Team defined Female Genital Mutilation as the cutting off of the labia majora or vaginal clitoris. FGM also consists of a number of procedures that are performed to alter female genital organs without medical necessity. The process often damages healthy and normal female genital tissue, and interferes with the natural functions of girls' and women's bodies. The Accord Development Advocacy and Gender team explained that FGM can lead to health complications, and spur negative behavioural changes in the individual which can affect the family and community. The sensitization exercise conducted in Abavo drew women from nook and cranny of the community who stood in awe with the video and story/narratives given on FGM practice in Nigeria.

FGM though a negative and inhuman practice have persisted in most communities in Nigeria and have been facilitated by hegemonic traditions and social norms. Interviews with women in Abavo community Agbor Delta state showed that FGM is largely practiced in the area, which makes sensitization programmes like the one taken to this community a very useful tool for disaggregating the notion, and advocating for cultural shifts and policy change.

The programme Lead Dr. Chioma Nwokoro delivered talk on social norms and why we do what we do. In this talk she explained that FGM practice is a result of hegemonic norms and traditions, which can be adjusted with maximum effort and motivations from women. She encouraged women to support the notion for cultural shift which starts from individuals, information sharing and community advocacy. The lead assistance Miss Priscilla Okoh spoke on the consequences of FGM and admonished women to desist from the practice especially as the consequences of FGM often override the expected benefits– which are common fallacies.

The methodology adopted include storytelling, video show on FGM and interviews conducted with FGM practitioners and women who had FGM experiences. The message delivered is that there is - NO BENEFIT FROM FGM and INFORMATION SHARING is the key for cultural change and motivations towards ending FGM in our communities. Women made their pledge on spreading the information and working together to end FGM practice in Abav



Cross Section of the Women Participants in Abavo Agbor Delta State


Dr. Chioma Nwokoro – on Motivation and Icebreak


Dr. Chioma Nwokoro - Mobilizing Women As Social Agent For Change And Cultural Shift In Abavo


Miss Priscilla the Lead Assistant – Explaining the Video On FGM


Miss Priscilla Okoh – Assistant Lead Sharing on the Consequences of FGM


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