Speaking to several women rights defenders at Imperial Botanical beach in Entebbe on Thursday, Margaret Kulaba, the chairperson of the Human rights defenders network says the practice has for long been a threat to the future of the girl child.
Women rights defenders have raised concerns over the unending Female
Genital Mutilation-FGM in Eastern Uganda.
The rights defenders have been meeting different stakeholders
including the United Nations office of the Human Rights and the Uganda Human
The United Nations estimates that about 200 million girls
worldwide have undergone the practice.
Speaking to several women rights defenders at Imperial Botanical
beach in Entebbe on Thursday, Margaret Kulaba, the chairperson of the Human
rights defenders network says the practice has for long been a threat to the future
of the girl child.
The International, Legal and Social Affairs Department head at the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs Martinez Mangusho says the practice has been in
place only because a combination of mitigation measures have not been adopted
so as to end the vice.
Some of the measures Martinez suggests is
involving men in sensitization against FGM.
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The FGM Act 2010 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
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.
Patricia Achan, a commissioner at the Uganda Human Rights Commission says
for FGM to end, women rights activists need to create alliances with several
government agencies to punish all those engaging in the practice.
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Currently, a human rights defender’s desk has been instituted at
the Uganda Human rights commission to handle among other issues vulnerabilities
relating to women such as that of Female Genital Mutilation.
In January, the United Nations sent a fact-finding team to Eastern
Uganda to investigate a surge in the number of women and girls undergoing
female genital mutilation (FGM).