JUNE 6, 2010: Activists Want Female Circumcision On AU Agenda

Activists Want Female Circumcision On AU Agenda
 
SOURCE: The New Vision
 
Kampala — Activists against female genital mutilation have requested that it be included among the issues to be discussed during the African Union summit in July.

They say this would be a great platform for the campaign prohibiting female circumcision, which is still practiced in over 28 African countries, and whose effects greatly contribute to maternal and child mortality.

Uganda will next month host the AU summit. The theme of the meet will be; "Maternal, Infant and Child Health and Development in Africa".

The other key areas to be covered during the summit include peace and security, infrastucture, energy, agriculture and food security.

The activists, led by Chris Baryomunsi, the MP for Kinkinzi East, met the First Lady and Karamoja affairs state minister, Janet Museveni, to solicit her support to end the practice, specifically among the Pokot, Tepeth and the Kadam in the Karamoja sub-region.

The delegation included Italian senator Emma Bonino, MPs Herbert Sabila, Francis Kiyonga and Alisemera Pamela and officials from non-governmental organisations which work for the protection and promotion of human rights.

Mrs. Museveni reiterated her commitment to promoting maternal health, saying she was an ally in the campaign against female genital mutilation.

Bonino, who is also the founder of the No Peace Without Justice Organisation, said many countries are shy about stopping famale circumcision. He urged Uganda to take the lead and become an example to other countries.
 
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