200 million women experience genital mutilation annually – Expert

Dr. Ibe Ifeakandu, Head of Department, Public Law at the Nigerian Advanced Legal Studies, has disclosed that about 200 million women have experienced female genital mutilation globally.

She also explained that 99 percent of the estimated 40 million people trafficked each year were women and girls.

Ifeakandu made the revelation while presenting a paper during a two-day workshop organised by the EU and UN in Kano State as a precursor to end gender-based violence in Nigeria.

She observed that a number of factors were responsible for the preponderance of gender-based violence.

According to her such factors include; socio-cultural norms, Feminization of Poverty, Religious Beliefs and Practices as well as Legal issues.

She observed with dismay that gender-based violence is a global…

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