In Uganda, female genital mutilation (FGM) or Female circumcision is practiced by a minority of the population, primarily the Sabiny (Sebei), Pokot, and Tepeth tribes, whose homes are in eastern Uganda adjacent to Kenya, on Mt. Elgon and Karamoja region. Data collected by the United Nations International Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF) in 2014 shows an increase in the cases reported on FGM/C. According to UNICEF, a total of 86 cases were reported in the practicing districts of Karamoja between January and October 2014 as compared to 30 in 2013, however there are more cases that are not reported, the number could be bigger.
Many girls practice FGM/C in hidden or remote places, while others cross the border via Amudat and get cut in Kenya. This vice is done by fellow women. Government of Uganda passed into law Prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation in April 2010, however, Majority of women do this not because they enjoy it, but they are forced by their husbands and if they don’t obey, they are threatened with divorce. The United Nations earmarked February 6 of every year since 2003 for the world to join hands to observe the International Day of Zero Tolerance to FGM.
Hope Worldwide International Uganda has developed educational programs for traditional birth attendants, mid wives, healers and other practitioners of traditional medicine, with involvement of elders, to demonstrate the harmful effect of female circumcision with a view to enlist their support along with general efforts to abolish this practice.
As Hope worldwide International Uganda, we call upon our dear core funders and donors, non-governmental organizations and all other partners to join hands to protect the women’s dignity through elimination of FGM