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12/20/2016

16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, the Lagos Consulate Medical staff.

16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, the Lagos Consulate Medical staff
What can be done about cultural practices that negatively impact health and can create life-threatening problems?
In recognition of the United Nations’ 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, the Lagos Consulate Medical staff presented a seminar on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).
Participants learned about the different types of FGM and its prevalence in Nigerian culture. Dr. Iketubosin (OB/GYN) and Ms. Okwuzigwu from George’s Memorial Medical Centre joined the discussion. Dr. Iketubosin spoke on how FGM negatively affects childbirth, creates significant physical damage to women, and causes life-threatening situations.
The U.S. Consulate recently provided a grant to encourage education on this topic in hopes of bringing greater awareness of the dangers of this practice.

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