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Ntagali Asks Sabiny to Replace FGM :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Ntagali Asks Sabiny to Replace FGM

In his statement read by Sheikh Abdallah Sabila, the Kadhi Kapchorwa Muslim District, the Mufti of Uganda, Sheikh Shaban Ramadhan Mubaje, said FGM is against Gods order of creation.
The Archbishop of Church of Uganda, Stanley Ntagali has asked the Sebei Community to find an alternative to Female Genital Mutilation as a rite of passage, saying it is traumatizing.  Ntagali made the appeal during the anti-FGM marathon held at Kapchorwa Boma Grounds on Sunday under the theme, "Run to End FGM: Protect the Health of Women and girls.”

"The Sabiny people have a rich culture…we appreciate it and ask the elders to preserve it but to shun FGM, which traumatizes the lives of women and girls," he said. He noted that since Church of Uganda launched the anti-FGM marathon in 2015 as a community mobilization tool in partnership with UNFPA, 15 communities in Sebei region have abandoned the practices although there are pockets of isolated incidents.

Speaking at the same event, Alain Sibenaler, the UNFPA Country representative noted that although several achievements have been made in the fight against the deeply rooted cultural practice through sensitization and improved access to education, a lot is still needed to get rid of the practice.

"Even as we count our achievements we need to reaffirm our commitment to go the extra mile to eradicate FGM completely by addressing the bottlenecks that predispose women and girls to this practice,” he said. Adding that, "We need to do more to secure the future and provide safety for the over 100,000 girls in Sebei and Karamoja, whose lives are threatened by the possibility of FGM."

Sibelaner, who pledged UNFPA's continued support towards zero FGM cases in Uganda, asked all stakeholders to strive for a future where every girl will grow up to able to experience her inherent dignity, human rights and equality. In his statement read by Sheikh Abdallah Sabila, the Kadhi Kapchorwa Muslim District, the Mufti of Uganda, Sheikh Shaban Ramadhan Mubaje, said FGM is against Gods' order of creation.

He asked government and other stakeholders in his capacity as the chairperson of the Inter- Religious Council of Uganda-IRCU to involve religious institutions to spearhead community dialogue towards ending FGM. 

In 2015, Uganda passed the Elimination of Gender-Based Violence Policy, whose major aim was to end all forms of violence including Female Genital Mutilation, a tradition practiced among the Tepeth, Pokot and Sabiny of Karamoja and Sebei respectively. 

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