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Wednesday, December 2, 2009
December 1, 2009
By The New Vision - Uganda's leading website
East African assembly Speaker Abdirahin Haithar blamed persistence of abuse of children's rights to lack of enforcement of existing laws on their rights. "That is why children are still being abused through child labour and sexual exploitation. Some are also denied education and immunisation despite them being free, leaving many dead before their 5th birthday" he said. East Africa Legislative Assembly MP Dorah Byamukama said female genital mutilation had dire consequences for the girl-child like haemorrhage, infections, pain and acute urine retention, thrives on unfounded cultural beliefs.
"The body part that is mutilated is comparable to the man's penis. If it was men's penises that were being cut, the practice would have been stopped a long time ago" she said. The chairperson of the HIV/AIDS committee, Beatrice Rwakimari, prayed that the enactment of the law stops the outdated practice. Lydia Wanyoto castigated women activists who personalise women's causes in order to win international awards.