Wednesday, December 23, 2009

The Parliament has approved a bill banning female genital mutilation.

"Minister of Ethics and Integrity James Nsaba Buturo said that the new law, passed without opposition late Thursday, could give offenders a life sentence."

What a shame

""Some of these NGOs are exploiting donors by demanding money to fight circumcision of girls, yet they do very little on the ground," said Mrs Rose Kilimo, the founder of the Chetastai Girls' Project -- a project that was started in 2003 to fight FGM."

Monday, December 21, 2009

International Day against FGM in Rotterdam, The Netherlands on February 06, 2010

"Op zaterdag 6 februari 2010 organiseert Platform 6/2 in Engels Grandcafe in Rotterdam de Internationale Dag Zero Tolerance tegen vrouwelijke genitale verminking. Centraal staat de vraag: wat is de impact van vrouwelijke genitale verminking (vgv) op vrouwen, mannen, gezinnen en de gemeenschap?"

Collective abandonment in Somalia

It took three years of hard and persistant work but the result is worth it. Of course abandoning, rejecting and saying that FGM should be stopped is one thing. Now instances need to be created to check that indeed there is no more FGM going on.

"Last month, hundreds of men, women and children gathered in a Somali stadium in the early morning heat to witness a historic declaration: the collective abandonment of female genital mutilation and cutting (FGM/C) by representatives from 20 communities.

The event, attended and lauded by women’s activists, religious leaders and local government officials, was the culmination of over three years’ work by the international non-governmental organization Tostan and its local partner, the Somaliland Culture and Sports Association (SOCSA)."

Way to go in Uganda

"Uganda's Minister of Ethics and Integrity James Nsaba Buturo said that the new law, passed without opposition late Thursday, could give offenders a life sentence.
Female genital mutilation, also known as female circumcision, is practiced mostly in northeastern Uganda on more than 3,000 girls each December."

Sunday, December 20, 2009

It's going to be extremely difficult

After reading this article, it is really difficult to stay positive and motivated. But the struggle MUST continue. Even if only one girl a year is saved from FGM, it's worth the battle. So, let's forget what's in the article and look towards the future and see what can be done to eradicate FGM.

"Hundreds of British schoolgirls are facing the terrifying prospect of female genital mutilation (FGM) over the Christmas holidays as experts warn the practice continues to flourish across the country. Parents typically take their daughters back to their country of origin for FGM during school holidays, but The Independent on Sunday has been told that "cutters" are being flown to the UK to carry out the mutilation at "parties" involving up to 20 girls to save money.

The police face growing criticism for failing to prosecute a single person for carrying out FGM in 25 years; new legislation from 2003 which prohibits taking a girl overseas for FGM has also failed to secure a conviction.

An estimated 70,000 women living in the UK have undergone FGM, and 20,000 girls remain at risk, according to Forward."

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Bill ready in Uganda

Let's hope the bill will pass.

"A Bill outlawing female genital mutilation is ready to be presented to the House for the second reading and be passed into law, MPs have been told. She urged people in communities where the practice is still rampant to report perpetrators and parents who subject their girl-children to genital mutilation. Upon conviction for indulging in the practice, one faces a maximum jail term of 10 years."


ADRA against FGM.

"The deep effect that violence against women and girls is having around the world is not only stalling the development of millions of women, but also that of their families, communities, and entire societies, reports the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA). "