𝙉𝘼𝘾𝙏𝘼𝙇 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙉𝘼𝙋𝙏𝙄𝙋 𝙀𝙠𝙞𝙩𝙞 𝙎𝙚𝙣𝙨𝙞𝙩𝙞𝙯𝙚𝙙 𝘽𝙤𝙗𝙖𝙨 𝙃𝙞𝙜𝙝 𝙎𝙘𝙝𝙤𝙤𝙡 𝙎𝙩𝙪𝙙𝙚𝙣𝙩𝙨 𝙤𝙣 𝙁𝙂𝙈, 𝘾𝙝𝙞𝙡𝙙 𝙏𝙧𝙖𝙛𝙛𝙞𝙘𝙠𝙞𝙣𝙜

As a member of the Network of Child Abuse, Child Trafficking, and Child Labour (NACTAL Ekiti Chapter), we recently joined forces with NAPTIP Ekiti State Command to conduct an impactful sensitization program. Our aim was to raise awareness about two critical issues: female genital mutilation (FGM) and child trafficking. This initiative was held in commemoration of the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation, under the theme “Her Voice. Her Future.”

We are excited to share that we successfully reached out to 143 students and 12 teachers at Bobas High School Ikere-Ekiti, engaging them in enlightening discussions. The event kicked off with an interactive session led by our esteemed executive director, Dowole Gold Moyinoluwa. She initiated the conversation by asking the students if they had prior knowledge about FGM. Surprisingly, only around 5% of the attendees were familiar with the term. Moyinoluwa then posed a question to one of those 5% to define FGM, encouraging active participation.

Using a combination of both Yoruba and English languages, Moyinoluwa skillfully explained the definition of FGM, delving into its various types, the individuals involved in its practice, the tools employed, and the underlying beliefs surrounding this harmful practice.

To shed light on the pressing issue of child trafficking, we were honored to have Mr. Akeju, a representative from NAPTIP, share his expertise. Mr. Akeju provided insights into the different forms of child trafficking and the associated legal consequences. He also touched upon the crucial topic of sexual gender-based violence, sparking a wave of curiosity among the students. They eagerly posed questions, seeking clarification on topics such as the definition of GBV and what actions can be taken if an 18-year-old is maltreated by their own parent.

The event proved to be a tremendous success, leaving a lasting impact on both the students and the teachers. The school director expressed heartfelt appreciation to our network and agency for organizing such an enlightening program within their premises.

We extend our sincere gratitude to the Network of Child Abuse, Child Trafficking, and Child Labour (NACTAL Ekiti Chapter) and the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) Ekiti State Command for their collaboration and support in making this sensitization program a resounding success.

Together, we can create a future where every child’s voice is heard, and their rights are fiercely protected.

🔹 Join us in raising awareness about the importance of ending FGM and combating child trafficking.
🔹 Stand against gender-based violence and promote a safe environment for all.

6th February 2024

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