Call for Regional Fight Against FGM
14 December 2010
THE Government has asked neighbouring countries to establish stringent laws to prohibit the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) in the region. This follows reports that several girls cross to Kenya to be cut, following a ban on the practice in Uganda. State minister for gender, Rukia Nakadama, on Monday said Uganda's efforts to fight the practice would not be successful if neighbouring countries were not involved.
"We have a law in place against the practice. Unless we ask our neighbours to put in place similar laws, our girls will cross over to be cut," Nakadama said. The Government passed the Anti-FGM law in December 2009, but the practice has continued. Over 3,00 women and girls will undergo the ritual this month, according to the global AIDS body UNAIDS. Nakadama also said the Government would provide funds for income generating activities for women who denounce the practice.
Nakadama was on Monday speaking at the launch of the Agenda for Accelerated Action for Women, Girls, Gender Equality and HIV 2010-2014. The agenda is a global action framework to address gender inequalities and human rights violations that put women and girls at risk of HIV infection.