UGANDA: Female Genital Mutilation Has Positive Side
In Uganda, the practice is mainly carried out among the Sabiny in Bukwo and Kapchorwa districts and the Pokot Karimojong in Amudat district.
The Tepeth Karimojong in Katikekile sub-county in Moroto district and the Kadam Karimojong in Nakapiripirit district also carry out the practice. Early this month, the parliamentary committee on gender, labour and social development concluded a consultative tour in Bukwo,Kapchorwa and Amudat districts seeking views on FGM.
Cherukut said 400 girls recently underwent training in the alternative right of passage programme in Amudat and Bugiri districts, while 400 more were expected to undergo the same training in Bukwa and Kapchorwa districts.
He said in the programme, girls were taught reproductive health, home economics and the maintenance of marital homes.
Cherukut noted that whereas the practice was declining among the educated in urban areas, it was still thriving in the rural communities in Kapchorwa.
SOURCE: New Vision Online
AUTHOR: Daniel Edyegu
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