Wa West Traditional Council denounces FGM practice

Wa West Traditional Council denounces FGM practice
Durbar of Chiefs gathering

Traditional leaders in the West District have denounced the practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in their communities and are committed to helping protect and promote the dignity and holistic development of women and girls.

Naa Imori Nandon Gomah II, the of the Wechaiu Traditional Area, on behalf of the traditional leaders, declared their stance against FGM during a durbar of chiefs, queen mothers, and people of the area.

Victims of FGM were exposed to many health and social related and life-threatening consequences including diseases such as and AIDS and painful and excessive bleeding during childbirth, which could lead to the death of the woman.

A Sub-Regional network of Non-governmental Organisations (NGOs) organized the durbar in collaboration with the Wa West District Assembly as part of efforts to accelerate the eradication of FGM and all forms of Gender-Based Violence (GBV) by 2030.

Madame Damien Youl Ini Inkouraba, the President of the ROAO-LVBG in Gawa, , said, “Our grandparents practised FGM because they were ignorant about the negative impact of FGM on the victims.”

The Community Development Alliance (CDA)-Ghana hosted the delegation of representatives of the network at its Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Wa and subsequently engaged the traditional leaders at the durbar.

“We apologize if FGM is still practised in our traditional areas. We will do everything possible to support your sensitization activities. We will also use our own strategy to help eradicate the practice of FGM,” Naa Gomah said.

Some 15 women in the district who served as female circumcisers in the district also publicly denounced the practice and said they had realized its negative impact on the lives of the victims. “I stand here on behalf of my colleagues to say we didn't know the effects of cutting the female genitals, but now we know so nobody will do this work again,” Madam Abena Badielenye, a circumciser said.

Madame Inkouraba, who is the leader of the delegation, indicated that the approach of the CSOs was not to condemn the FGM practice but to persuade and collaborate with the communities to end it.

Mr Salifu Issifu Kanton, the Executive Director of CDA-Ghana, said the 15 women who denounced the FGM practice would join their counterparts from other countries in Burkina Faso for training and capacity building to, among other things, serve as FGM change agents in their communities and districts.

Madam Vida Diorotey, the Wa West District Chief Executive (DCE), commended the CDA Ghana and its partners for choosing the Wa West District for the event geared towards ending GBV including FGM.

She said the event offered the stakeholders in the district the opportunity to discuss and proffer concrete measures to end negative cultural practices in the district that had the tendency to affect the holistic development of girls and women.

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