The Survey additionally discovered that eight per cent of Nigerian women aged 0-14 years underwent FGM in 2021, down from 25 per cent in 2016.
MICS is a family survey developed by UNICEF to help nations in filling knowledge gaps for monitoring human growth indicators basically and the state of affairs of kids and ladies particularly.
It has developed over time to answer altering knowledge wants, increasing from 28 indicators within the first spherical in 1999 to 200 in its present sixth.
The Nationwide Bureau of Statistics (NBS) carried out MICS, which offers knowledge on baby mortality, well being, vitamin, training, baby and social safety, ladies’s well being care and empowerment, water, sanitation and hygiene.
The UNICEF nation consultant stated “the engagement of governors on this very severe problem has been superb they usually have taken it ahead, however so long as one baby is abused on this sense, it’s one baby too many.
“One of many good indicators is the domestication of the Baby Rights Act that was handed on the nationwide degree in 2003.
“So, that’s beginning to have a profound impact on how state governments are responding to conditions like FGM as a result of it’s enshrined within the legislation and it’s unlawful.
“However the main problem is round social and behavioural change and shifting social norms from what they’ve been to what we require them to be below a rights-based framework and people social norms will take some time.
“It’s nonetheless unacceptable, however we have to transfer slowly.”
Hawkins, nonetheless, expressed optimism that with social and behavioural change, the advance could be sustained.
On the difficulty of sexual harassment towards the girl-child, he stated getting communities to report incidences to related authorities had been essentially the most troublesome half.
He stated it was not in regards to the communities and establishments of studying alone but in addition in regards to the properties too.
He added that “it’s all inside the speedy environments of the properties in ccommunities, and it’s about reporting it.
“It’s once we cease it there that we’re in a significantly better place to cease it in faculties and establishments of studying.
“There must be a social change round respect to younger women and safety of younger women.”
Hawkins stated that youngsters being pregnant is a violation in itself, including that “the pregnant lady can not return to high school, so there’s a triple whammy and her aspirations are instantly curtailed.”
He advocated for the Baby Safety Data Administration System which ensures that the judiciary, the police and social providers departments particularly concentrate on the safety of the rights and wellbeing of kids.
Edited by Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu