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FGM Fight Yielding Fruits – UNICEF

Marianna Garofalo, UNICEFs Child Protection Specialist, says up to 83 villages in the three districts of Karamoja region alone have abandoned FGM completely.

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Efforts of development partners against Female Genital Mutilation -FGM in Uganda have registered tremendous results in Sebei and Karamoja Sub regions, according to United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund –UNICEF.

 

FGM is the cultural practice of totally or partially removing the external genitalia of women and girls. In Uganda, it is practiced by the Sabiny in the Kapchorwa, Kween and Bukwo districts where 50 percent of women and girls undergo FGM.  In Karamojoa, the practice is common among the Pokot Amudat, Nakapiripirit and Moroto districts.

 

At least 95 percent of the girls in Pokot are subjected to FGM. However, UNICEF notes that the practice has considerably reduced because of the implementation of a joint program by UNICEF- UNFPA since 2008. 

Marianna Garofalo, UNICEF's Child Protection Specialist, says up to 83 villages in the three districts of Karamoja region alone have abandoned FGM completely.

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Records from UNICEF shows, that more than 65,147 people were reached between 2012 and 2013 with information on laws against FGM and potential redress and accountability mechanism.

 

It also shows that more than 68,486 people were reached with information on the harmful effects of FGM through training, outreaches, exchange visits, FGM role model, cultural days' events, drama, music and sports.

 

 

Moses Loru alias King, the FGM Focal Point Officer Moroto District, concurs with the findings of UNICEF. He says because of the massive sensitization against FGM in Moroto alone, they were able to arrest and convict at least 14 people for being involved or aiding cutting of girls.

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He attributes the success to the efforts of development partners and the continuous sensitisation of the community against the dangers of FGM and the 2010 anti FGM law.

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Proscovia Nakibuuka Mbonye, the UNICEF Communication Officer says they have concentrated on informing the public about the existence of this law, building capacity for enforcement, and raising awareness about the consequences of FGM.

Peace Mutuso Regis, the State Minister for Gender and Culture, says overall, monitoring reports indicate that FGM has reduced in the country by 30 percent. She says together with development partners, government will continue to persuade perpetrators of the practice to abandon it voluntarily.

 

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According to the World Health Organisation, more than 125 million girls and women alive today have been cut in the 29 countries in Africa and Middle East where FGM is concentrated. About 92 million girls aged 10 and above have undergone FGM.

Uganda outlawed the practice in 2010 after introducing the Anti- FGM Act, which provides for the prohibition of FGM, the offences, prosecution and punishment of offenders and protection of victims as well as girls and women under threat of FGM and other related matters.

It provides that a person who carries out FGM is liable on conviction to imprisonment not exceeding ten years, while in the event of causing death to the victim the person is liable to life imprisonment for aggravated FGM.

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