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Another Case of Culture vs. Law

BBC Radio this morning aired a story about the Karamoja region of northeastern Uganda. Traditionally, the way to “claim” a woman there was to rape her and then she was yours. “Forceful penetration” was a prerequisite to marriage. There were … Continue reading

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120 Girls Circumcised in Uganda Last Week

It is horrifically ironic that this took place in the middle of the 16 Days of Activism against Violence Towards Women. Read this article in the New Vision:

120 Sabiny girls circumcised

SOME cried. Some were confused. Others still traumatised, while many were left speechless.They looked on in disbelief as a local female surgeon tried in vain thrice, probably using a very blunt knife, to cut off a girl’s clitoris.

She then asked for another, similarly blunt knife and to make it work, applied extra force, going back and forth, the way a saw cuts into timber. The girl struggled not to show fear and to contain her trembling, which is culturally unacceptable and would have attracted scorn and ridicule from the attentive crowd.

As blood gushed from her private parts, the crowd urged the girls: “Be strong! You are almost done! Remain calm!”

You can find more information and ways to take action in my earlier post, “Female Genital Mutilation Continues in Eastern Uganda.” Continue reading

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