Globally, three million girls are at risk of female genital mutilation (FGM) and an estimated 200 million girls and women in the world have undergone FGM.
While the overall prevalence of FGM in Ghana is 4%, studies have shown that the overall prevalence in the Upper East Region is 38%, with Bawku municipality recording the highest at 82%.
Women and girls living with FGM have experienced a harmful practice which increases the short and long term health risks to women and girls and is unacceptable from a human rights and health perspective.
In relation to this, Members Of Parliament has called for a zero tolerance in dealing with the outmoded cultural practice, therefore, describing the Act as barbaric which should be totally wiped out in the country.
This comes after a statement made by HON. KOJO APPIAH-KUBI (DR)
MP for Atwima Kwawoma Constituency.
Story by: Gladys Emefa Gemadze