UGANDA: UN Urges Against Female Circumcision

The United Nations Population Fund has asked the Government to show a stronger commitment to ending female genital mutilation.

“We call on leaders to take action to end female genital mutilation in line with the UN resolution adopted last year,” read a press statement from the organisation.

The resolution, which Uganda is a signatory to, says the practice violates the rights of women and girls and must be prevented by all governments.

The call comes ahead of the International Day against Female Genital Mutilation on Wednesday.

The Government is opposed to female circumcision, citing medical evidence that the mutilation threatens the health of women and girls and increases their vulnerability to HIV.

The practice also raises the risk of maternal and infant mortality, harming women’s psychological, sexual and reproductive health.

Despite these findings, an estimated 100 to 140 million women and girls worldwide have undergone the practice and 3 million more girls are at risk each year, according to the UN.

The statement said many women are traumatised by the experience and suffer in silence, afraid of being excluded from their communities. The Sebei are the only Ugandan tribe carrying out the practice.

SOURCE: New Vision Online

AUTHOR: Barbara Among

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DATE: 04/02/2008

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