28 Too Many’s new Country Profile of FGM in Uganda confirms that the overall rate of FGM is low in Uganda and positive action has led to a reduction in the Eastern region of the country. However FGM continues despite new legislation against the practice and the overall rate across Uganda has increased from 0.6% in 2006 to 1.4% in 2011.
This new report provides consolidated and objective information on FGM in Uganda and on national efforts to eradicate the practice. It also provides an accurate basis from which future change can be measured.
28 Too Many founder and Executive Director, Dr Ann-Marie Wilson commented, “Since my first visit to Uganda in 2004 much progress has been made in the fight against FGM but this latest research shows that the challenge in ending the practice remains high. It seems that the last few miles of the journey to end FGM could prove to be the hardest. However the positive outcomes in some areas show that change is possible and with clear plans, resources and determination Uganda can continue to make good progress in ending FGM especially where there is a focus on providing education and engaging communities in making the change.”
“With over 56 organisations currently campaigning to end FGM in Uganda, the drive and commitment exists among Ugandans to end FGM. These groups are however sometimes isolated and uncoordinated, and programmes and results are not always communicated publicly. Our report aims to make their voices heard and help them continue on the road to positive change and the eradication of FGM.”
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Highlights from the Report
The full Country Profile can be downloaded at here
28 Too Many is a charity working to end female genital mutilation (FGM). Our primary focus is on research and enabling local initiatives to end FGM in the 28 African countries where it is practised and across the diaspora. We also network and advocate for the global eradication of FGM, working closely with other charities/NGOs in the violence against women sector.