Uganda: Actionaid Holds Inter-Generational Dialogue On FGM and GBV in Amudat

Amudat, Uganda — ActionAid Uganda has held a one-day intergenerational dialogue in Lokales subcounty, Amudat district and the main objectives is to enhance inter-generational relationship between men and boys, and women, and girls, that are supportive of adolescent gender and Sexual Reproductive Health (SRHR).

One of the most common vices they are trying to fight is Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). Although FGM was declared illegal in 2010, the practice is still being conducted secretly.

Susan Ikwakol the psychosocial support officer in Amudat said that the major aim is to have violence free communities.

“Within these discussions, we make sure the aspect of Gender Based Violence (GBV) comes out. How do the negative social norms affect women and girls are who are mostly faced with GBV?”

Cheptalal Sewareng the woman councillor Lokales subcounty said that FGM is the basis of GBV and that the only way to curb GBV, FGM needs to be addressed first.

“I underwent FGM and it has affected my relationship with my husband and so have other women. Our husbands disrespect us, they can’t even move with us anywhere,” said Sewareng.

These intergenerational dialogues provide a platform for women and girls to voice and challenge child marriages as a violation of their rights through solidarity action towards denouncing child marriages, and share their perspective in the promotion of education, employment, livelihood, talent development.

The programmes are geared towards nurturing progressive social norm change specifically in the Campaign to End child marriages and teenage pregnancies in Amudat.