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Women Urged to Spearhead Campaign against FGM

Although Ugandan law makes it a crime to carry out FGM, the ritual is still practiced mostly in parts of Karamoja sub region and among the Kupsabiny communities in Kapchorwa district. Mutilated girls have their external female genitalia partially or totally removed for non-medical reasons.

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Women in key decision making positions are challenged to spearhead the fight against Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), a practice that continues to thrive in some parts of the Country.

Although Ugandan law makes it a crime to carry out FGM, the ritual is still practiced mostly in parts of Karamoja sub region and among the Kupsabiny communities in Kapchorwa district.  Mutilated girls have their external female genitalia partially or totally removed for non-medical reasons.

Medical experts have argued that the practice has several immediate and long-term health consequences, including infertility and complications during childbirth, sometimes resulting in the death.

The newly appointed Finance Minister Matia Kasaija says it is absurd that such practice is championed by women who could instead firmly challenge and condemn its continuity.  He was speaking during the African Peer Review Mechanism Day on Monday March 9th.

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Kasaija adds that Uganda has recorded major strides in the areas under which it had not performed done well during the initial peer review held between 2008-2011. The areas include; fighting corruption, transparency in management of public funds, low completion rates for the girl child in primary level, and limited functionality of health facilities among others.

But Kasaija says government has established health centers in each of the Sub Counties and improved the completion rates for girls in the primary education cycle. He adds that although corruption still exists, the magnitude is steadily reducing.

Professor Okello Onen, the chairperson of the African Peer Review Mechanism Uganda Chapter says the council is currently engaged in preparing the fourth annual report on Uganda\'s progress in implementation of the issues highlighted in 2008-2011. The report  will later be presented in African heads of state meeting in June.

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The African Peer Review Mechanism day has being marked under the theme “Women\'s Empowerment for a Peaceful and Prosperous Africa. APRM is an instrument voluntarily acceded to by member states of the African Union as a self-monitoring mechanism to check on four thematic areas good governance, economic management, social and corporate development of Africa.

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