About 200 million women and girls in 30 countries have undergone FGM (Female Genital Mutilation) according to UNICEF estimated in 2016.
FGM, causing severe bleeding even to death and health issues including cysts, infections, and infertillity, is mostly carried out on young girls between infancy and age 15.
The International Women’s Peace Group (IWPG) organized the campaign starting from March 5th in each continent to celebrate the International Women’s Day (IWD) with a theme: Ban Female Genital Mutilation.
(Ban FGM) The campaign was held in US, Germany, Japan, South Sudan, Thailand, Rwanda, India, Egypt, China, Iraq, Zimbabwe, Republic of South Africa, Namibia, Cambodia and so on.
The representative of Peace Club located in Lagos, Ms. Olaloku Oyekemi, who is a member of IWPG, said the group works to promote peace globally for the protection of women and children victimized by war and to empower women.
According to her speech, the 3.6 billion women should unite in solidarity for the cessation of war and to end the sacrifice of the youth due to conflicts.
She also emphasized that FGM must be stopped because of the way they practice it, adding They use the same tools for dozens of women. It is disastrous and we must stop it.
In Myanmar, women gathered at the Yangon YMCA on March 7th to celebrate the International Women’s Day (IWD) and held a forum to raise awareness of the danger of FGM to protect girls and women who are victims to the practice across the world.
IWPG Peace Ambassador, Mrs. Crystal Po Gyaw said In Africa, FGM is widely practiced. Women and young ladies who have undergone genital mutilation are exposed to infections that causes pain or can even lead to death. She added, To stop FGM, our organization will cooperate with different communities and protest for women’s rights.
IWPG, an international NGO has held diverse peace events to commemorate IWD annually since 2014 pursuing development of women’s rights. It also endeavours to support war orphans and to terminate global conflicts for world peace as well.
Ms. Nam Hee Kim, Chairwoman and founder of IWPG who has been dedicated to peace work her whole life, has promised to stand against FGM/C and will put every effort to raise awareness in global societies to end the harmful traditional practice.
Source: Lao News Agency