UGANDA: Circumcised Women Shun Hospitals
Tete cautioned the women against shunning hospital, saying it would endanger them and their babies.
“Why should you hide your genitals now after you indulged in the genital cutting as part of tradition?” she asked.
Tete said the practice of mutilating women’s genitals had to be opposed.
“I know everything about female circumcision. It has no benefit. This is why we are fighting to end it once and for all.”
Tete drove the audience into laughter when she revealed that men from Kapchorwa had shifted interest from women with mutilated genitals to those with impressive academic documents.
Aksoferi Cherenget, chairman of Kapchorwa district elders, said women circumcision had survived for long due to the ignorance of the locals.
“After realising that many of our mutilated girls dropped out of school to get married and the few educated ones who had escaped the knife were marrying elsewhere, the elders agreed to end the practice.”
He explained that the struggle to end female circumcision began in 1992 with the establishment of the elders association.
“Then in 1996 we asked President Yoweri Museveni to help us fight the practice and he immediately sent us an NGO called REACH. As I speak now, the struggle is yielding fruit both in Kapchorwa and in Bugiri.
“The final word now rests with Parliament, which should pass a law to give the final blow to the practice.”
SOURCE: New Vision
AUTHOR: George Bita
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