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Illetracy to blame for FGM

25 February 2015, 11:35 Godfrey Olukya

Kampala - Lack of knowledge about the consequences of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is one of the reasons the practice is still rampant, a research has revealed.

Ugandan government and NGO's have for the past few years been fighting against FGM. Parliament passed a law against the vice and so far, over 50 people have been arrested and prosecuted over the same.

In an interview with Aida Nabunya, the Communication Officer of Mifumi, a non-governmental Organization that carried out the research, the young girls voluntarily go for the mutilation because they lack knowledge and also fear rejection in their communities.

Girls who are not circumcised are reportedly shunned by men and may end up unmarried. Those who get married are looked at as misfits in the society.

According to the law, it is illegal to practice genital mutilation and so some girls cross over to Kenya for the cut.

This information was revealed in a report read at the celebrations of the International Day of Zero tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation which was hosted by the Nakapiripirit Local Government Monday evening.

Nabunya stressed that that there is need to scale up sensitization of the public about the consequences of Genital Mutilation in order to discourage the girls from going for cutting.

Nabunya said, ''People from regions where FGM is practiced should be educated that the exercise is dangerous healthwise. Communities must be educated and sensitized about the dangers of FGM.''

She said that most people are not even aware that there is a law against FGM.

She said, ''Many people are not aware that there is FGM Act which is there to protect girls and women against FGM. They are not aware that getting involved in it is a crime."

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