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Fight to Eliminate Female Genital Mutilation Internationally

Pat Robert  Larubi - 27/07/2014 05:38 CDT

Kapchorwa, Kapchorwa, Uganda

"We have set a new and ambitious goal of eliminating this harmful practice in the course of one generation," said Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

Noting that yearly over 125 million girls and women are subjected to genital female mutilation as their external genitalia is cut off.

According to Brende, survivors of such practice have endured negative health effects including problems related to intercourse, pregnancy and childbirth.

In a bid to curb the situation, they have also doubled their funding from NOK 25 million to NOK 50 million in a three year campaign by international organizations working in this sect.

He further stated that besides focusing on preventive measures, those already subjected to the practice will be given due health care support service. Adding that, results have been achieved in communities and areas where government has exerted lots of pressure for change"

Brende, advised parents in communities where the practice is common to ensuring that girls have access to education as a crucial factor in the work to eliminate FGM.

In his remarks, Brende said, girls who stay at school have significantly reduced risk of being subjected to FGM, child marriage and too-early pregnancy, when compared to girls who do not.

Urging that educated girls have higher social status and greater opportunity to make their own decisions, participate in the fight to eliminate FGM, which is often performed by women, unlike their uneducated counter parts.

In Uganda more than 500 girls in the areas including Nakapiripirit, Amudat and Kwene have been rescued from the practice according to Harriet Akullu, the child protection officer, United Nations Children's Fund, (UNICEF).

In Sabiny land, the practice which is meant to reduce on a woman's sexaul desire and chances of cheating has inflicted pains on hundreds of women in the region.

Girls face a lot of problems after genital mutilation and they stay with this pain for the rest of their lives.

Norway's efforts to fight FGM is in good practice to counter check and advance policies on vulnerable women access to education, human rights, global health, sexual and reproductive health and rights, women's rights and gender equality.