Married women promoting genital mutilation – report

Kapchorwa- Married women who are still stuck in traditional beliefs account for the highest percentage of the cases of female genital mutilation (FGM) in Sebei sub-region, a report has said.

According to Reproductive Education and Community Health (REACH), a local NGO, more than 200 women who underwent operation in 2012 in Kapchorwa, Kween and Bukwo districts were married.

The director general of REACH, Ms Beatrice Chelangat, said since inception of the law prohibiting FGM in Uganda in 2010, the practice has dropped over the years but it is still prevalent among married couples.

She said the practice is common among the uneducated Sabiny women who believe that uncircumcised women become adulterous or fail to get married.

Addressing local council leaders in Kween District last week, Ms Chelangat said FGM is also promoted by husbands in rural areas.

“The report provides a clear indication of the progress we have made in the war against FGM. But the practice has now remained among the marrieds and deep-rooted traditional homes,” she added.

She revealed that when women get married, they get pressure from their circumcised mother-in-laws, peer groups and their husbands to undergo FGM.
The Chepkwasta Sub-county chairperson in Kween District, Mr Ben Chesang, said some communities restrict uncircumcised women from serving their husbands or even appearing at village meetings.

“And what makes matters worse is that when such a woman gets pregnant and goes to a traditional birth attendant to deliver, she is jeered and insulted, which partly fuels FGM,” said Mr Chesang.

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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