Nigerians Want An End to Female Circumcision
Majority of Nigerians are in support of legislation to end female genital mutilation (FGM). Other acts which are becoming unpopular in Nigeria are early and forced marriages.
FGM is the partial or complete removal of the external part of the female genitalia for non-medical reasons. There have been widespread interventions aimed at reducing and changing the perception of the world about FGM, yet, the practice still lingers.
About 90 percent of Nigerians surveyed say they would support such a bill when it is presented before lawmakers at the federal and state levels.
A high prevalence was noted across Ondo, Kwara, Enugu, Delta, Adamawa, Ebonyi, Ondo, Cross-River, Anambra and Niger States.
More findings by NOIPolls shows 87 percent expressed knowledge of FGM, while 64 percent of this proportion confirmed that FGM is not prevalent in their locality while 36 percent disclosed that there are various degrees of prevalence within their communities.
NOIPolls’ survey involved telephone interviews of a random nationwide sample. Some 1,000 randomly selected phone-owning Nigerians aged 18 years and above participated.
About 20 million women and girls in Nigeria have undergone FMG. Outgoing President Goodluck Jonathan banned the practice in 2015, but there remains an inconsistency between the passing and enforcement of laws.
According to the United Nation Population Fund, an estimated 200 million girls and women alive today are believed to have been subjected to FGM and those who have experienced FGM live predominately in sub-Saharan Africa and the Arab States.