By Kabuye Ronald
In abide to end Female Genital Mutilation globally by 2030 UNICIEF and UNFPA are holding joint global consultation meetings on the same and child marriage in Uganda from today 5th to 7th of April under the theme Female Genital Mutilation and child marriage: a view from the bridge.
In a joint press conference at the opening of the consultation at gulf course hotel kampala, the coordinator of the programme Nafissatou J. Diop said that the conference has brought together over 150 participants from 17 countries where the vice is more prominent and which gives them a broader opportunity to discuss and find solution to the challenges at hand, accomplishments and the way forward.
In the same way the deputy regional director for UNFPA Justine Coulson applauded Uganda for taking lead in enacting and implementing laws that are against FGM and child marriage.
She highlighted cross border, refugees and immigrants, luck of enough rescue centers, customs and culture as the major drivers of these undesirable acts.
In her message which was screened to the media, the speaker of parliament RT. Hon. Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga applauded all partners in fighting the two vices before noting that these acts take away the dignity of the person and the mutilation and infibulations prevents and hinders normal growth and development of the child.
Meanwhile Bukwo distict Women Mp Evelyn Chelangati appealed to government and donor partners to give economic empowerment to the highly affected communities especially the ex surgeon of FGM since this act is source of income and pride thus keeping them in the act.
Evelyn also narrated how being her fathers favorite and keeping in school helped her survive FGM
Her plea didn’t change much from that of the ex FGM surgeon who also confirmed that they still cut the young children thriftily.
Statistics available from the recently conducted health demographic survey 2016 put the prevalence rate for FGM at 1.4% nationally and 98% in areas that practice the vice while 40% are the women who get married when they are still children nationally.
Six districts have been selected for this program and these include Amudat, Kwen, Bukwo, Kapochwara, Nakapiripiti and Moroto.
Since 2009 to date 53 perpetuators of FGM have been arrest and only 33 prosecuted, 11000 girls are the survivors of this notorious act of this 363 have been integrated back in the community, 45 cutters have denounce the act in addition to the 313 communities that have made commitment to denounce the act.