UGANDA: UN Agency in Anti-FGM Campaign
He added that one of the strategies was to initiate culture day celebrations. He called for the establishment of by-laws in districts against female circumcision to check the abuse of young girls.
The Kapchorwa deputy resident district commissioner, Mujunga Yanja, urged parents to ensure the education and health of the girl-child.
“Some young girls die because of genital mutilation. We are working with local leaders to ensure that the practice is halted.”
Mujunga was disappointed by parents in the rural areas who had insisted on circumcising their daughters.
The Government, he stated, had built schools and teachers’ houses to ensure that children in the region access quality education.
“The number of young girls undergoing female genital mutilation has declined and communities are demanding that the practice be outlawed,” noted Martha Cherotwo, a peer educator.
She added following intensive sensitisation of the elders, they had become some of the leading anti- FGM agents.
SOURCE: New Vision
AUTHOR: Nicholas Kajoba
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