Uganda calls for Africa to outlaw female genital mutilation

Published on International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics FIGO, by Martine Ward, December 16, 2010.

Uganda has called for the whole of Africa to stop the practice of female genital mutilation
FGM … //

… “We have a law in place against the practice. Unless we ask our neighbours to put in place similar laws, our girls will cross over to be cut,” Ms Nakadama said, reports the news provider.

The Ugandan government passed the anti-FGM law in December last year, and a ten-year jail term could be imposed on anyone caught practising it, but it reportedly still persists in the country. 

In 2007, children’s charity Unicef and the United Nations Population Fund launched a campaign to put an end to the practice.

By 2012, the organisations hope there will be a 40 per cent reduction in FGM around the world. (full text).

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