Despite Ban, FGM Persists In Uganda

Some of the tools used during the practice
Some of the tools used during the practice

Female Genital Mutilation still persists in areas of Karamoja and Kapchorwa despite being outlawed in April 2010 by government.

The practice is secretly being carried out by the Tepeth in Moroto district, Pokot and Sabiny ethnicities in Amudat district and Kapchorwa areas respectively.

Mark Aol Musooka, LC5 Chairman Moroto district, tells Uganda Radio Network that in 2012 a total of 30 girls were secretly mutilated in Tapac Sub County. He explains that a lot is required to make the communities stop the habit.

He describes the practice as dehumanizing to the young women. He adds that FGM is source of school- drop-outs, a lee-way to early marriage among others.

Zeah Wepukhulu, the Sub county chief Tapac sub county in Moroto district, says several girls have lost their lives during the mutilation exercise. She attributes the blame to the parents who still enforce the archaic practice in spite of the health complications. She adds that government and local leaders have embarked on a campaign to make sure the practice is brought to a halt.

Ssuubi Lokoroi Moses a senior probation Officer overseeing Amudat, Moroto and Nakapiripirit districts says they have embarked on creating awareness. He adds that the leaders should help in sensitizing the communities on the dangers of FGM. He says families found still upholding the rite will be charged in courts of law.

On Wednesday, Uganda joined other countries in the world to commemorate Zero Tolerance on Gender Based Violence with the theme, “Intensify efforts for the elimination of FGM.”

A statement from the French Embassy funders of the fight against the rite indicates that one percent of Uganda’s population practices FGM.

It adds the practice is wide spread in the East- and North Eastern communities notably the Pokot and Sabiny where 95 percent and 50 percent of the women are compelled to face the knife respectively. It is also reportedly widely practiced among the Tepeth communities in Moroto district.

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