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East, Southern Africa roots for new law to end FGM

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Countries in East and Southern Africa have agreed to make a regional law that will hold perpetrators of Female Genital Mutilation-FGM accountable across borders. This decision was taken on Thursday during the third inter-ministerial cross-border meeting for addressing female genital mutilation at Speke Resort Munyonyo. …

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Pandemic accelerated cases of FGM – Gender ministry

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Uganda registered an increase in cases of Female Genital Mutilation during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to reports from the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development. FGM is the removing of the external genitalia of girls and young women in some traditional cultures. In Uganda, FGM is practiced …

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MPs question gov’t commitment to end GBV

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Members of the Gender Committee of Parliament have questioned the government’s commitment to end Gender-Based Violence. Cases of Gender-Based Violence still top the list of crimes that were committed in the country, according to the 2020 police crime report and have gone up in recent …

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FGM: 70 girls flee Amudat to Kenya

 It’s estimated that 200 million girls and women alive today have undergone some form of FGM Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | At least 70 girls from the Karamoja sub-region have fled to neighbouring Kenya for fear of being subjected to female genital mutilation-FGM. This is according to the Ministry of …

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FGM ruined my dream of becoming a pilot -Pokot Girl

Pokot , Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT  |  Jane Cherop had a dream of becoming a pilot. However, forcing her to under Female Genital Mutilation-FGM, a practice that is common among the Pokot in Amudat district ruined her dream. “… I did not want anything that would make me bleed wasting my …

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FGM is between life and death- A survivor’s story

Amudat, Uganda |  THE INDEPENDENT | Tegla Chepolukuma was 13-years- old when her friends advised her to go for Female Genital cutting alias Female Genital Mutilation. She recalls how her peers kept counting the days to the D– day. “When that day reached I remember it was on Wednesday, my grandmother arrived …

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UN decries rising cases of sexual violence against Somali children

Mogadishu, Somalia | XINHUA | Sexual violations against children continue at an alarming rate in Somalia and there is little or no opportunity to seek justice, the UN children’s fund UNCIEF said on Monday. In a statement issued in Mogadishu ahead of the fifth anniversary of Somalia’s ratification of the Convention …

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