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Published on the Daily Monitor, by Anthony Masake, December 14 2010.
According to the World Health Organisation, about three million girls in Africa are at risk of undergoing Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) annually and already, 92 million girls of 10 years and above are estimated to have undergone the practice. In Uganda, it’s practiced in the Sebei region.
FGM involves all procedures aimed at partial or total removal of the external female genitalia. It’s vital to stress that FGM has no single health benefit for girls and women who undergo it. Instead, it has several complications: increased risk of child birth complications associated with new born deaths, need for surgeries to allow sexual intercourse and child birth by cutting again to create an opening and after birth, etc … //
… The key component of the platform is the ability to innovatively use mobile phones as a fundamental means of both sending FGM related incidents and receiving real time updates which comes handy in areas where Internet is unreliable. Collected data is then visualised and shared with police, advocacy groups, media houses, etc to call for appropriate action in the circumstances.
Upon visiting the platform, a user is provided with a wide range of information (news, blogs, photos, video sources) that contain coverage of FGM with a button for subscribing to receive latest submissions via mobile phone or Email free of charge for maximum publicity.
This unique crowd-sourcing functionality will provide a place to easily report and have often overlooked FGM stories from local voices comprehensively covered to spur the winds of change like never before.
UNAIDS donation of five vehicles to help in the fight against FGM needs to be emulated by the government and other agencies. Brilliant ideas need to be supported to end this inhuman, degrading, illegal practice. (full text).