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FGM is most prevalent in Amudat – report

For the case of Uganda, the resurgence of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is most prevalent in Amudat district, Karamoja sub-region, a new report has revealed.

The latest report by the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) revealed that despite the national prevalence rate of the FGM dropping from 1.4% in 2011 to 0.3%, its prevalence in some areas of the Sabiny was well above 50% in the girls aged between 15-49 years.

Amudat has the highest prevalence of 95%, followed by Moroto at 53% and Kapchorwa, Bukwo and Kween at 50%.

The report headed FGM: Evidence from Uganda was launched during a national dialogue held in Kampala on Wednesday to mark the belated International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM 2021.

The UN General Assembly in 2012 designated February 6 as the International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM, with the aim of amplifying and directing efforts towards eliminating the practice.

While reviewing the report, one of the UNICEF researchers, Sarah Kaibaija, disclosed that whereas Uganda’s prevalence is the lowest in Africa, FGM in the practicing districts of Kapchorwa, Bukwo, Kween, Amudat, Moroto and Nakapiripirit was variably high.

The research, according to Kaibaija, among others established that now days girls are mutilated at a younger age than in the past.

“Age at cutting appears to be lower among the Pokot communities in Karamoja (around 14-15 years) than among the Sabiny in Sebei (17-19 years),” she said.

Jesca Kusuro Yego, a member of the Sabiny Cultural Institution, said the institution is determined to drop the irrelevant cultural practices such as FGM.

“The plan is to introduce a mentorship Programme for the young people as an initiation to adulthood than the primitive practice of FGM,” she said.

Kusuro, who is a lecturer at Uganda Christian University (UCU) and a specialist in curriculum development, revealed that she has been tasked with developing the curriculum for the mentorship Programme.

UNICEF country representative Mohamed El Munir called for inter-generational dialogue to convince both the old and the young people to change their perception on FGM.

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