UGANDA: The Law Alone Will Not Stop FGM
FGM has been practised for ages in their culture. It is considered a rite of passage to womanhood. It is, therefore, part of their cultural identity. They do not know anything else. One new law is not going to change it overnight. A lot more work needs to be done.
The law alone, however well-intentioned, is woefully inadequate to cause cultural change. The real change must begin in the hearts and minds of the people.
For the law to work, the people must own it and see it as something that helps rather than oppresses them. There are no quick fix solutions.
The law must be accompanied by public education within the cultural context of the Sebei. The message must permeate to every level of the society.
It will not be easy. It will take time, but it can and must be done. Indeed with public education, a growing number of girls and women have been saved from this harmful practice.
SOURCE: New Vision Online
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