UGANDA: Legislators Join Fight Against Female Genital Mutilation

MEMBERS of Parliament have finalised plans to table before Parliament a private members Bill to pave way for a law against female genital mutilation in the country.

The draft Bill titled the Prohibition of Female Genital Cutting Bill would soon be presented to the House by the Parliamentary Forum for Food Security and Population, according to the chairperson, Dr Chris Baryomunsi (Kinkizi East, NRM).

The Bill was drafted by the East African Legislative Assembly MP, Ms Dora Byamukama, in conjunction with Law and Advocacy for Women in Uganda, an NGO.

Female genital mutilation (FGM) is a practice which involves the cutting of parts of the external female genitalia. It is practiced among the Sabiny and the Pokot.

During an advocacy meeting between MPs, donors and REACH programme fighting against FGM yesterday, Mr Baryomonsi pledged to lobby other MPs to ensure that there is a law that prosecutes those who force girls into the act.

"We shall also work with Kapchorwa and Bukwo districts to ensure that this harmful cultural practice against women is stopped," he  said.

According to the draft Bill, any person who violates or attempts to violate the physical integrity of the female genital organ is liable to imprisonment for five to seven years.

SOURCE: Monitor Online

AUTHOR: Agness Nandutu

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DATE: 04/03/2008

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