By our reporter
Uganda has today joined the rest of the world to celebrate the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation with the THEME ‘ Zero Tolerance against Gender-Based Violence: Intensify Efforts for the Elimination of FGM’
The theme aims at accelerating the sensitization of communities about the grave dangers surrounding the practice.
The UN Resident Co-coordinator in Uganda, Ms. Ahunna Eziakonwa-Onochie, says that the a key strategy is to engage grassroots community structures to raise awareness on the dangers of FGM/C, and to evoke the existing laws, such as the Anti-Female Genital Mutilation Act (2010), to protect the vulnerable girls and women in the affected communities.
The national celebrations were held in Moroto District in Karamoja.
During the celebration more communities abandoned the practice and many traditional surgeons surrendered the equipments they use to cut young girls.