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As Uganda joins the rest of the world to commemorate the International day for zero tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), the European Union Delegation to Uganda would like to reiterate the importance of systematically implementing specific legislation by the Government of the Republic of Uganda which outlaws the harmful practice.
In 2010, Uganda enacted The Prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation Act, which criminalises FGM.
"The European Union Delegation to Uganda is shocked by the recent events in Kween and Bukwo districts where a number of girls became victims of FGM. Today, we reiterate the European Union's firm commitment to support the Government of Uganda and all other actors, both state and non-state, in their efforts to eliminate this harmful practice," said Ambassador Attilio Pacifici.
There is no doubt that FGM is a fundamental violation of basic human rights and of the dignity of women and girls; it is cruel, inhuman and degrading, and has severe negative consequences in terms of physical and psychological health for FGM survivors for the rest of their lives.
The European Union recognises the challenges the Government of Uganda and other actors face in their strive towards curbing the practice, and support the efforts of all stakeholders to ensure the elimination of FGM.
The European Union's strong commitment to eradicate worldwide FGM is affirmed in a joint statement here: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_STATEMENT-19-810_en.htm