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UGANDA: Kapchorwa District Seeks to End Female Circumcision

LOCAL authorities in Kapchorwa, are seeking plans to end the traditional female genital mutilation in order to restore the dignity of girls.

According to a report by Reproductive Educative and Community Health (REACH), a community based NGO established in Kapchorwa to improve the reproductive health conditions and discard the harmful practice of genital mutilation, the practice has dropped to about 36 per cent since 1996.

Statistics presented at the Kapchorwa District Boma grounds at the 12 annual Sabiny day, initiated in 1996 at the start of the REACH programme, indicate that in 2000, 621 girls were circumcised, while in 2004, 595 were mutilated and that in 2006 girls circumcised dropped to 226.

In data collection for 2006 on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) accessed by Daily Monitor, the local leadership has resolved to pass bye-laws at all levels denouncing female genital mutilation.

"Campaigns against FGM initiated by REACH indicate that the practice has dropped to about 36 per cent even when the progress has been constrained by rumours, myths and misconceptions about the practice.

It is thus recommended that FGC advocacy be stepped up and Sub-county leadership pass bye-laws denouncing FGC," reads the report in part.

While addressing the people of Kapchorwa on Friday, at the Sabiny cultural day celebrations, the National Director General of REACH, Ms Beatrice Chelangat said strategies have been laid down to involve all local leadership and the parliamentary leadership in the struggle to end FGM in order to restore the dignity of girls.

Ms Chelangat said whereas the FGM has persisted, looking at the dropping numbers of girls who under go the practice, there are enough signs that it will die out with time. She said REACH is targeting all communities that practice female circumcision.

SOURCE: allAfrica.com

AUTHOR: David Mafabi

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DATE: 15/12/2007

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