Bukwo FGM survivors Wants To Be Regarded As People With Disabilities


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By Steven Ariong

BUKWO: A group of women who went through Female Genital mutilation (FGM) at their teenage age have demanded to be including in the list of people with disabilities.

Speaking to this publication today in Bukwo district, FGM survivors said categorizing them  as people with disabilities will help them access support.


Betty Cherop one of the survivors of the practice said their lives is not as same as those who have not gone through the practice.

“We have lost part of our body parts due to cultural believes meaning we are disabled somewhere and we can be put in the group of people with disabilities,” she lamented

Patricia Cherotic another woman said some of them went through the practice by force and urged government to consider them as people with disabilities.

Jemima Chemutai a village health educator in Kabei sub county in Bukwo district said many girls are still being cut adding that more efforts were still needed to fight the practice.

“We still have this practice continuing harming women and girls and we are doing more sensitization to eliminate it,”Chemutai told this website.

FGM is the partial or total removal of the female clitoris. According to the elders from where the practice is carried out in some communities in Uganda such as Pokot, Sebei and Moroto, they believe that a woman who’s circumcised and get married will remain faithful to her husband.

They also said the practice preserves virginity and prevent adultery among the married women. Apart from Uganda, the practice is also carried out some countries in Africa and Asia.

In 2010, Uganda banned the practice with the offenders of the practice to face 10 years in prison, but if the girl or woman dies during the act, those involved get life sentence.

Cost implication of FGM.
According to Dr. Patrick Sagaki the Medical Superintendent of Amudat hospital, the practice causes very many complications in the woman’s private parts such as urinary retention, injury to the adjacent tissue of the urethra, perineum and rectum, fracture or dislocation resulting from forceful holding down of a woman or a girls and struggle due to the resultant pain.

Frank Mugabi the communications officer in the ministry of Gender when contacted promised to get back to this publication after consulting.

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