Our 16days of advocacy radio program on Crest 87.7FM was held on Tuesday 7th December 2021. The event featured Honorable Tomide Akinribido, a member of Ondo State House of Assembly, and Feranmi Omolade, a young End FGM Rhealyz Africa media advocate. It was an opportunity for a male and a politician to speak against FGM using his influence. Our End FGM Media advocate was able to speak the girls’ minds. An FGM Survivor was able to share her painful experiences in marriage. The feedback during and after the program was impressive.
The Yoruba version of the 16 days of activism radio program on FUTA 93.1FM (Thursday, 9th December 2021) The program featured Bar. Jumoke Ogunjebi, a legal practitioner, and Mrs Olamide Falana, the special adviser to the governor of Ondo State. It was another opportunity to amplify the punishment against FGM in the new VAPP law in Ondo State by the Lawyer. The place of political office holders in ending FGM was reemphasised by the politician. The program was aired live in yoruba language, especially for those who do not understand English language. The feedback during and after the program was impressive.
Our jingle format was an opportunity for top politicians in the state speaks against all forms of FGM practices in the state.
We also had a live Ilaje jingle played on Ejule-Nen Radio, 93.7FM , Okitipupa, based on a request during the end summer cutting campaign that FGM is prevalent in that part of Ondo State.
Our media outreach had an estimated reach of about 9.3 million listeners covering Ondo, Ekiti, Edo and Osun States with the online audience.
We carried out an advocacy and awareness outreach at two locations in Akoko Ondo State,Nigeria, on Sunday 5th December to sensitize stakeholders about Female Genital Mutilation and the negative effect it has on the girl child. The team was led by Oluwatosin Oyakhire. Our advocates were able to reach about 100 individuals with the message, and they were able to to get encouraging feedback from their audience.
We also had an engagement with some National Youth Service Corps members within the state on the need to become advocates and champions against GBV and especially FGM.
The last day of the 16 days of activism took us to St Louis Grammar School Akure, Ondo State, Nigeria for a hand paint splash- an event that was used to sensitize girls on FGM and the need to raise their voices and join the fight against FGM in society. Our team and the Girls’ CAP members of St Louis Grammar School Akure were able to reach about 500 students on that day with the message.
Thanks to the Global Media Campaign to End FGM and UNFPA for their partnership and support. Kudos to all our resource persons and team members led by Ireti Adesida (Team Leader) & Damilola Oluwadahun (Project Manager) for the successful event.