Thursday, October 22, 2009

The right fight but

The fight is right but it has consequences .... And laws after all are generated somewhere in a capital far away from the harsh reality. They are a piece of paper (they certainly are necessary) but laws in and of themselves will not necessarily change attitudes, customs, traditions and beliefs.

"Jane Frances Kuka, the former Gender Minister and former woman Member of Parliament (MP) for Kapchorwa district, an area that has laws banning female circumcision, lost her parliamentary seat partly for having campaigned against female genital mutilation."

"Gertrude Kulany, also a former MP, says banning the practice through the law alone may not be the answer. She tells IPS that there should be affirmative action aimed at increasing girl-child education so that young girls themselves were educated enough to refuse to undergo the practice."

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