Government To Eliminate Harmful Practices Against Women
By Ruby Leo
The Federal Government will eliminate all harmful traditional practices (HTPs) against women with focus on Female Genital Mutilation and Cut (FGM/C) minister of Women Affairs, Senator Aisha Alhassan has said.
She made this known yesterday at a meeting on accelerating the elimination of harmful traditional practices with emphasis on eradicating (FGM/C) at the Africa union (AU) Conference Hall, New York City, United state of America.
A statement signed by Adeniyi Lawal on behalf of the minister said the elimination of such practices including FGM remain top priority of President Muhamadu Buhari.
The minister said Nigeria cannot afford to neglect women who constitute over half of Nigeria’s population as their health livelihood and productivity level is central to achieving a diversified and thriving economy.
She said ministry is working with the ministry of Health through the support of United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and UNICEF under the joint programme on accelerating the abandonment of FGM.
She said the prevalence of FGM persists in Nigeria despite efforts by government and partners, adding that the National representative survey (NDHS, 2013) shows that 25% of Nigerian Women are circumcised with variation across states of the country.