Girls’ Power Initiative (GPI) Asaba held a school intervention in Emede community Isoko South L.G.A. The programme was held in Emede Grammer School Isoko South L.G.A.
The objectives of the programme are:
- to create awareness on the Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) law and to
- ensure that target communities participate actively in FGM prevention and eradication campaign.
The activity was combined with GPI Asaba school outreach programme. It provided an avenue for GPI staffs, resource persons, teachers and students to interact. The programme created a safe space were young girls asked questions on issues that affect their sexual and reproductive health (unintended pregnancy, teenage pregnancy, HIV/AIDS, sexual violence) and all forms of gender based violence particularly Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).
Pat Akah Head of programmes GPI Asaba gave an overview of some key topics covered in the comprehensive sexuality education curriculum: assertiveness and self asurance, self esteem, body image, values clarification, human rights, sexual violence and Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). She encouraged students to be assertive and comfortable with their bodies. They were told that they had a right to sexuality education and to live healthy lives free from sexual violence and all forms of abuse. GPI Asaba provides a safe space were girls can learn and be counseled in a non-judgmental way.
According to the program officer Alex Okwor Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) violates the fundamental human rights of young girls and women. It is a form of violence against women and girls, with physical and psychological consequences.