The #EndFGM Poster Competition
The #EndFGM Poster Art Competition is designed to enable young girls especially begin to discuss issues around the need to end Female Genital Mutilation in Nigeria. Arts as a creative venture is being used in this regard to ensure that several girls will be involved in the competition and in their attempt to draw about the effects of FGM on girls and their communities, the girls will begin to understand what Female Genital Mutilation needs to be eradicated.
End FGM Poster Art Competition was launched with the goal of eradicating female genital mutilation which is a violation of the human dignity and rights of girls and women and seriously undermines their health, security and physical integrity as well as a major cause of psychological and social problems and has no health benefit whatsoever. The competition will be a channel through which the populace will be sensitized on the harmful effects of FGM and equally prevent future occurrences by educating the future generation.
How To Participate In The Competition
Draw about the “Negative Effects of Female Genital Mutilation on Girls or your Community”.
Entries are encouraged from only the top five states with the highest prevalence – Osun (76.6%), Ebonyi (74%), Ekiti (72.3%), Imo (68%) and Oyo (65.6%).
- Draw about the negative effects of FGM on girls or your community.
- Participant must be a secondary school girl in either Ebonyi, Imo, Oyo, Osun or Ekiti
- Only one entry is allowed per participant.
- Panelists comprise representatives of the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education and Fine Art teachers.
About Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
- Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) refers to all procedures that involve partial or total removal of the external female genitalia and/or injury to the female genital organs, whether for cultural or any other non-therapeutic reasons (WHO, 1998).
- Various types of FGM exist according to the classification of WHO and they include:
- Type I (Clitoridectomy): Excision of the prepuce with or without excision of part or the entire clitoris.
- Type II: Excision of the clitoris with partial or total excision of the labia minora.
- Type III (Infibulation): Excision of part or all of the external genitalia and stitching or narrowing of the vaginal opening.
- Type IV: Other forms, including pricking, piercing, or incising of the clitoris and/or labia; stretching of the clitoris and/or labia; cauterization by burning of the clitoris and surrounding tissue; scraping of tissue surrounding the opening of the vagina (angurya cuts) or cutting of the vagina (gishiri cuts); and introduction of corrosive substances or herbs into the vagina to cause bleeding or to tighten or narrow the vagina.
- FGM has both long term and short term consequences which include: excessive bleeding which can lead to death, development of cysts and keloids at the site of the scar causing embarrassment and marital problems, transmission of infections such as HIV, painful sexual intercourse and poor quality sex life, urinary and menstrual problems, obstructed labour during delivery in the case of infibulation, psychological problems such as depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder.
- FGM was declared illegal in Nigeria on May, 2015 under the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan. It is clearly stated in “The Violence Against Persons Prohibition Act, 2015” (Part I, NO 20) that; “A person who carries out harmful traditional practises on another commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a term of imprisonment not exceeding 4 years or to a fine not exceeding #500,000 or both”.
How To Submit
- Ebonyi State: Send in your entries through email to email@example.com
- Imo State: Send in your entries through email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Oyo State: Drawings can be scanned /snapped and sent to email@example.com or to Whatsapp number 08094232675 or submitted physically at 10 Awosika, Off Osuntokun, Old Bodija, Ibadan; Ogbomosho and Saki
- Osun state: Drawings can be snapped and sent to Whatsapp number 08058146565.
- Ekiti State: Drawings are to be submitted at any National Orientation Agency (NOA) office in your local government. Call 08135690757 for more information.
- Drawings must be submitted with the following details: Name, Age, Class, School Address and Parent’s Phone Number.
- Submission closes on Friday 7th October, 2016; and last opportunity for submission is 14th October, 2016.
- Judges decisions are final.
Prizes To Be Won
- The best three drawings/paintings will win a brand new laptop or scholarship
- The winner’s Name, School and Painting will be published on billboards across Oyo State.
- The winner’s school will get support for a major school project.