By Najibu Mulema
The committee on gender,labour and social development is calling for the establishment of a regional framework to capture Female Genital Mutilation(FGM).
Although Uganda in 2009 adopted a law on the vice,many people especially in the Eastern parts where this act is mostly practiced continued to run to neighbouring Kenya for a ritual before returning to the country.
According to United Nations International Children Emmergency Funds(UNICEF), “female genital mutilation cutting (FGM/C) refers to all procedures involving partial or total removal of the external female genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons.” More than 130 million girls and women have experienced FGM/C in 29 countries in Africa and the Middle East where the practice is most common.
Data collected by the United Nations International Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF) in 2014 showed an increase in the
cases reported on FGM/C in Uganda.
FGM/C is practiced by one per cent (1%) of Uganda’s population and among specific ethnic groups namely the
Sabiny in Kapchorwa, Bukwo and Kween districts, the Pokot, Tepeth and Kadam in Nakapiripirit, Amudat districts
within the Karamoja sub region.
The committee chairperson, Margaret Komuhangi,mp Nakasongola district says other member states in the East African Community need to embrace similar laws as a joint approaching to end female genital mutilation.