TWEET CONFERENCE SCRIPT: Partnering with Radio and TV Stations to sustain the FGM/C abandonment campaign

Partnering with Radio and TV Stations to sustain the FGM/C abandonment campaign (Commemorate the World Radio Day-Feb 13th)

  1. Good evening, welcome to today’s tweet Conference. I am @onisyes and @chukwubueze_n we would be anchoring today’s conference #endcuttinggirls @endcuttinggirls
  2. I will take the introduction and @Chukwubuez_n will coordinate the next session. Questions will be attended to by 6:30pm #endcuttinggirls @endcuttinggirls
  3. We thank everyone for joining our campaign, our TWEET CONFERENCE, hosted every Thursday (5-7 PM) #endcuttinggirls @endcuttinggirls
  4. Our topic for today is “Partnering with Radio and TV Stations to sustain the FGM/C abandonment campaign (Commemorate the World Radio Day-Feb 13th) #endcuttinggirls @endcuttinggirls
  5. Before we proceed, we will like to explain to us, what FGM/C is #endcuttinggirls @endcuttinggirls
  6. FGM/C means Female Genital Mutilation and Cutting #endcuttinggirls @endcuttinggirls
  7. FGM/C is “any partial or total removal of the external female genitalia or any other injury to the female genital organ for nonmedical reasons.” #endcuttinggirls @endcuttinggirls
  8. According to World Health Organisation (WHO) @WHO Female Genital Mutilation /Cutting can be classified into four (4) types of, namely, Clitoridectomy; Excision; Infibulation; & Unclassified (e.g. “pressing” the clitoris with hot water) #endcuttinggirls @endcuttinggirls

8a.          Type 1. Partial or total removal of the clitoris and / or the prepuce (Clitoridectomy). #endcuttinggirls @endcuttinggirls

8b.          Type 2. Partial or total removal of the clitoris and the labia minora, with or without excision of the labia majora (Excision). #endcuttinggirls @endcuttinggirls

8c.  Type 3. Narrowing of the vaginal opening through the creation of a covering seal (Infibulation). The seal is formed by cutting and repositioning the inner or outer, labia, with or without removal of the clitoris. #endcuttinggirls @endcuttinggirls

8d. Type 4. All other harmful procedures to the female genitalia for non-medical purposes, for example pricking, piercing, incising, scraping and cauterizing the genital area. #endcuttinggirls @endcuttinggirls

  1. FGM/C is also a violation of a girl or woman’s right to the highest attainable standard of health #endcuttinggirls @endcuttinggirls
  2. FGM/C has no health benefits, but has immediate & long-term negative effects on the general wellbeing of women. #endcuttinggirls @endcuttinggirls
  3. One of the key strategies to end FGM/C is mass media campaigns to stimulate and publicize dialogue around the procedure #endcuttinggirls @endcuttinggirls

12 Ending the silence of FGM/C can be achievable through media engagement #endcuttinggirls @endcuttinggirls

13 No doubt FGM/C is a harmful cultural practice that media need to address #endcuttinggirls @endcuttinggirls

14 According to World Health Organisation (WHO) over 200 million women have been subjected to FGM/C worldwide #endcuttinggirls @endcuttinggirls

  1. The Radio, Television and other Mass Media agents must break the silence #endcuttinggirls @endcuttinggirls
  2. The media has the potential to provide accurate and factual information about FM/C, which will help to address the myth and misconception surrounding the practice #endcuttinggirls @endcuttinggirls
  3. Media, especially mass Media, is one of greatest means of communication #endcuttinggirls @endcuttinggirls
  4. Media is key in changing the mind-set of people about negative social behaviour as well as promoting an acceptable behaviour amongst its listener’s #endcuttinggirls @endcuttinggirls
  5. Healing to a FGM/C survival is counselling and communication #endcuttinggirls @endcuttinggirls

Thank you all for your partnership @Chukwubueze_n will continue from here #endcuttinggirls @endcuttinggirls

17, The Radio and TV abandoned campaign of FGM/C is a collective task   #endcuttinggirls @endcuttinggirls

  1. The Media content stories should be empathy and lifesaving #endcuttinggirls @endcuttinggirls
  2. The story line must be able to give succour to a FGM/C Survival #endcuttinggirls @endcuttinggirls

20a. There is need for a feedback from every TV and Radio presentation on FGM/C #endcuttinggirls @endcuttinggirls

20b The feedback is an evaluation of the people opinion on FGM/C #endcuttinggirls @endcuttinggirls

21a Overcoming long cultural practices of FGM/C call for people’s participation #endcuttinggirls @endcuttinggirls

21b the media needs to get a feed-back from the people/community #endcuttinggirls @endcuttinggirls

  1. The media need a good strategy to changing social norm #endcuttinggirls @endcuttinggirls
  2. Information is a tool to empowering survivors as advocates. #endcuttinggirls @endcuttinggirls
  3. The Radio and TV is a great platform to educate community members on the practice of FGM/C and its effects, which is also a step in empowering survivors. #endcuttinggirls @endcuttinggirls
  4. Survivors need to be equipped with this knowledge in order to advocate to #endcuttinggirls @endcuttinggirls
  5. Communication is a tool needed by survivors in advocacy this includes story telling skills. #endcuttinggirls @endcuttinggirls

27 Sharing of stories have proved important in this campaign. #endcuttinggirls @endcuttinggirls

28 Lots of FGM/C survivors are already advocating ending FGM/C in their communities and beyond. #endcuttinggirls @endcuttinggirls

29 A lot are sharing their stories already #endcuttinggirls @endcuttinggirls

30 Awareness creation: Radio and TV Stations can be used to create awareness on the dangers of FGM/C. #endcuttinggirls @endcuttinggirls

31 We need to empower more of these women to join and lead the advocacy to #endcuttinggirls

32 The media as a tool/means of communication can lend their voice by anchoring programs that promotes and supports abandonment of FGM/C #endcuttinggirls @endcuttinggirls

33 The media can support this movement of abandonment of FGM/C by encouraging survivors of this ordeal to come share their experiences with the world, including the after effect and how they dealt with the trauma #endcuttinggirls @endcuttinggirls

  1. Radio/TV can bring exciting, entertaining dramas into the homes and lives of millions of listeners, dramas that engage listeners’ emotions while informing them of new ideas and behaviours that can improve their lives and communities #endcuttinggirls @endcuttinggirls

 

35a In Nigeria, the UNFPA/UNICEF Joint Programme on FGM/C: Accelerating Change, developed a 13-episode Radio Drama Serial called “Pim Pim Pim” in 2017. It is a 15-minute drama serial that aims to enter-educate families and stimulate dialogue around FGM/C #endcuttinggirls

 

35b. “Pim Pim Pim” is an exciting captivating drama that captures the realities in communities where FGM/C if practiced. It is culturally-sensitive.  It provides more information about FGM/C & encourages discussion and self-reflection. It unfolds over time, allowing the audience to get involved with the story & watch the actions & consequences. #endcuttinggirls

 

35c. Pim Pim Pim was produced by 10 Radio Stations in the five states were the Joint Programme is taking place, namely, Heartland FM 100.5, Imo State: Orient FM 94.4, Imo State: Unity FM 101.5, Ebonyi State: #endcuttinggirls

 

36d. …Salt FM 98.1, Ebonyi State: Splash FM105.5, Oyo State: Amuludun FM 99.1, Oyo State: Livingspring FM 104.5, Osun State: Orisun FM 89.5, Osun State: Ekiti Radio FM 91.5, Ekiti State: Progress FM 100.5, Ekiti State: #endcuttinggirls

 

35e. “Pim Pim Pim” ran in the 10 Stations from January to March 2017, and most stations re-aired the drama before the end of 2017.  The 10 Radio Stations are now mainstreaming the FGM/C abandonment campaign into their regular programmes, and were actively commemorated the International Day of Zero Tolerance to FGM/C on 6th Feb 2018 #endcuttinggirls

 

35e. As of today, you can follow our FGM/C Radio Drama Serial, “Pim Pim Pim” on Orient FM 94.4, Imo State, every Thursday by 11:20am or listen to the repeat broadcast on Monday by 7:30am. For more information about Pim Pim Pim visit www.endcuttinggirls.org #endcuttinggirls

 

Do join us again on February 22, 2018 for another edition #endcuttinggirls @endcuttinggirls

You can also follow us in all our social accounts using @endcuttinggirls

For more information about the efforts to #endcuttinggirls, you can visit our webpage www.endcuttinggirls.org

  1. As you ask questions we hope you have made a decision to join us to end FGM/C #endcuttinggirls @endcuttinggirls

37 We have come to the end of the Tweet conference, thank you. #endcuttinggirls @endcuttinggirls

Partnering with Radio and TV Stations to sustain the FGM/C abandonment campaign (Commemorate the World Radio Day-Feb 13th)

BY:

Onifade Oluwaseun (@onisyes)

Chukwubueze N. Nwuzor (Chukwubueze_n)

Week 7 (15th Feb)

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