Uganda calls for regional fight against FGM

Published on New Vision, by Taddeo Bwambale, December 21, 2010.

THE Government has asked neighbouring countries to establish stringent laws to prohibit the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) in the region.

This follows reports that several girls cross to Kenya to be cut, following a ban on the practice in Uganda.

State minister for gender, Rukia Nakadama, on Monday said Uganda’s efforts to fight the practice would not be successful if neighbouring countries were not involved. 

“We have a law in place against the practice. Unless we ask our neighbours to put in place similar laws, our girls will cross over to be cut,” Nakadama said.

The Government passed the Anti-FGM law in December 2009, but the practice has continued. Over 3,00 women and girls will undergo the ritual this month, according to the global AIDS body UNAIDS.

Nakadama also said the Government would provide funds for income generating activities for women who denounce the practice … (full text).

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