UGANDA: Seven districts fight female circumcision

By Flavia Nakagwa

THE Government is to sensitise the public on female genital circumcision in seven districts.

The gender ministry said the exercise would provide psychosocial support and help families affected by the practice.

Cornelius Magara, the principal women development officer, confirmed that the Government addressed communities and local councils working on enactment of by-laws, ordinances and laws to prohibit female circumcision.

Addressing a workshop on sexual and gender-based violence at Hotel Africana, Kampala, Magara said the government was implementing a five-year project funded by UNFPA to cover Kapchorwa, Gulu, Lira, Arua, Mukono, Busia, Kanungu, Tororo, Hoima and Kiboga districts.

“Girls and women need to be protected from all sexual and gender based violence acts. These practices are very bad and inhuman. Mutilation leaves girls bleeding endlessly and their most sensitive parts cut out,” he said.

Magara said Kapchorwa district would sensitise people on cultural beliefs, practices and attitudes that perpetuate the practice in the communities.

East Africa Legislative Assembly member Dora Byamukama said children have a right to be protected from practices that interfere with their education.

SOURCE: New Visions Online
Published on: December 14, 2006
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