UGANDA: Women MPs Warn Publlic On Female Circumcision

WOMEN legislators have warned people who still practice female genital mutilation to stop or risk being arrested under the new law. “Female genital mutilation causes shame to women. We have come up with a law to stop it. Anyone found practicing it will be arrested and charged.

We shall not relax when women in Ssebi and Karamoja regions are suffering,” the president of the Uganda Women Parliamentary Association, Jane Alisemera, said.

Alisemera, who is the Bundibugyo woman MP, was speaking at a two-day workshop for local leaders on gender related legislation. The workshop was officiated by the deputy Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga, at the Century Hotel in Kamuli district on Friday.

Alisemera said many homes were breaking up due to the increasing domestic violence in the region. “According to a recent Police report, the eastern region ranks highest in cases of domestic violence. Many homes have step-parents, which has caused deaths, especially to children,” she noted.

Alisemera added that they had included a law on human trafficking, which will handle parents who marry off their daughters under the age of 18 for monetary gains.

Kadaga, also the Woman MP for Kamuli, pointed out that the workshop was intended to give accountability of the work done in Parliament through the efforts of the association.

She said seven laws had been put in place for the good of the people, especially women, to help them fight for their rights. “The Female Genital Mutilation, Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking Bills were passed in Parliament and are now laws,” she said.

SOURCE: New Vision Online

AUTHOR: Doreen Musingo and Donald Kiirya

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DATE: 12/05/2010

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