The Devatop Centre For Africa Development holds the second edition of sports competition to get rid female genital mutilation (FGM) out of our country.
The event titled Red Card2Female Genital Mutilation (Red Card2FGM) which was aimed at using the power of soccer and other types of sports to raise awareness on the need to abandon female genital mutilation, and to encourage young people, traditional/community leaders, women leaders and girls to stand against the practice.
According to United Nations, globally, over 200 million women and girls have been affected overtime by female genital mutilation. In Nigeria, 20 million women and girls are affected overtime. Female Genital Mutilation is violation of the fundamental human rights of women and girls, and should not
“There is need to build a nation where women and girls will not be mutilated or harmed and to create a sustainable and creative approach to tackling this practice in Nigeria,” Joseph Osuigwe, Executive Director of Devatop Centre for Africa Development.
Hence, Red Card2FGM is part of the movement of young people to end female genital mutilation.
The idea of a Red Card was taken from the game of soccer, where it is given to a player that has made a dangerous tackle, or injured a fellow or has been offensive or abusive in some way. After being shown a red card, the player needs to leave the field. In the same way, the Red Card2FGM aimed to get rid of female genital mutilation because it has caused harm to women and girls.
Red Card2FGM Campaign is aimed at using the power of soccer and other types of sports to raise awareness on the need to abandon female genital mutilation, and encourage young people, traditional/community leaders, women leaders, councilors and girls to stand against the practice. The Red Card2FGM activities will increase the awareness on dangers of female genital mutilation and stimulate young people to act collectively towards the abandonment of the practice. Through this campaign, young people used football, relay race, table tennis, handball, and other forms of sports as tools for promoting abandonment of female genital mutilation.
It is important to note that there is much work to do to end female genital mutilation in Nigeria. Hence, this project is an innovation that uses the power of soccer and social change communication to discourage community members and parents from practicing female genital mutilation (FGM).
On 21st Thursday, 2018, over 1000 students from 10 secondary schools in Abuja who participated and observed this Red Card2FGM, and they were sensitized during the activities.
Special guests at the event included members of diplomatic missions (Norway Embassy), Federal Ministry of Women Affairs, Nigerian Customs Service, FCT Universal Basic Education, FCT Secondary Education Board, law enforcement agents, civil society organizations, youth, and development partners.