Uganda and Kenya sign a cross border Declaration to End FGM
The government of Uganda and Kenya have signed a cross border declaration to end Female genital mutilation (FGM).
The new campaign was sealed at the event that coincided with the marking of the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation held at Alale Girls Primary School in Kenya’s West Pokot.
Dignitaries at the event included authorities from both countries plus Pokot and Karimojong elders from Uganda and Kenya.
Uganda’s delegation was led by the Amudat district chairperson, Francis Kiyonga, who asked both governments to increase the education budget for the boarder communities that practice FGM.
Others present were were newly appointed Amudat Resident District Commissioner Micheal Okiring Bwalatum, Deputy Chief Administrative Officer Peter Gidong as well as community development officers Amudat Freda Amuron and Margie Lolem-Moroto.
The Kenyan deputy minister for public service and gender, Racheal Shebesh said there was need to protect the women and girls in both countries from the harmful practice, which involves the partial or total removal of the female genitalia and could cause health complications.
The UNICEF chief of office in Lodwar, Kenya, Laban Kipsang Rotuno, urged the governments of Uganda and Kenya to fully implement the plan to end FGM.