Female genital mutilation : a case of the Sabiny in Kapchorwa district, Uganda
AuthorNamulondo, Joan Isabella
Female Genital Mutilation/cutting/circumcision (FGM/C) are terms used to incorporate a wide range of traditional practices that involve the partial or total removal of the external female genitalia basically for traditional and cultural reasons in mostly African societies. This study addresses the perceptions of this practice and looks at different efforts by the Community Based Organisations and Government to eliminate this tradtional practice among the Sabiny people of Kapchorwa District in the Republic of Uganda. This study was conducted in Kapchorwa among selected Sabiny people and organisations working to eliminate the practice. In executing this study, both qualitative and quantitaive methods were used. Qualitative methods used included individual interviews; key informant interviews; telephone interviews and focus group discussions. Secondary data was also used in this study. The findings revealed that there are divided opinions about female genital cutting among the Sabiny. There are those who are in favour of the practice, while others are against the practice. The assumed consequences of performing the practice or not performing it play a big role on the different perceptions held by the people. A big segment of the local community, together with the Uganda Government is involved in efforts to bring about change in the community by eliminating the tradition. This thesis indicates that perceptions held by those who are in favour of the practice are based on a number of motivating factors, tradition topping the list. There are various efforts that are being employed by the local community as well as Government to eliminate the traditon in Kapchorwa. As a result of these efforts, ther has been a change in the community; however this does not yet mean that the tradition has been eliminated.
PublisherUniversitetet i Tromsø
University of Tromsø
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