A Non-governmental organisation, Value Re-orientation for Community Enhancement (VARCE), has organised initiated a poster art competition for the secondary schools girls in Osun state as part of advocacy to eradicate the female genital mutilation (FGM).
The Executive Director of the NGO, Mr Ademola Adebisi, said at a news conference to Mark the International Day of Zero Tolerance to practice of FGM in Osogbo on Monday, that the FGM postal competition was designed to end the inhumane practice.
Adebisi explained that the competition involve the secondary school girls in the state and that they were to think about the effects of FGM on girls/women and put it in drawing.
He said the competition was fully supported by Ministry of Education and Health.
“The organisation has taken the campaign against FGM across the state and beyond through drama presentation, rally, film screening and community dialogue”.
Adebisi explained that the competition started in September 2016 and being organised in conjunction with “One Life Initiative and Technical support from The Guardian UK.
He emphasised that the major criteria for selection are the degree of photo action of the drawing on the effect of FGM and a total of 453 entries were received both by hand and through e-mails, whatsApp across the schools in the state.
He said out of 453 entries, the selection of the best 40, best 10 and best three entries was a rigorous exercise as the jurist scrutinised and selected the best drawing that depicted FGM accordingly.
The Renaissance reports that Oluwatosin Adetunji emerged winner with N100,000 cash prize, Boluwatife Akindoyin was the first runner-up with N60,000 and the second runner-up collected the N40,000 cash prize also.
Speaking at the event, a Director in the Osun State Ministry of Education, Mr Olayiwola Olatunji, who represented the Permanent Secretary commended the organisers of the project.
Olatunji urged both parents and guardians to put a stop to the practice, saying “FGM is a serious human violation”.
Also speaking the Director of Primary Healthcare in the state, Dr. Kayode Ogunniyi, spoke against health workers, who engage in the practice of FGM in the state.
He noted that any health workers that find wanting in the bad act shall be prosecuted, he said he is rest assured that before the next demographic survey in 2018, the FGM will be reduced.
From Saheed Adeyemi, Osogbo.
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