NA JOINT COMMITTEE ON HEALTH AND GENDER RECOMMENDS BAN ON FGM

July 9, 2024

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NA JOINT COMMITTEE ON HEALTH AND GENDER RECOMMENDS BAN ON FGM


Following the first reading of the Women Amendment Bill 2024, which proposes to lift the ban on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), the Joint Committee on Health and Gender held a consultation meeting with various stakeholders, including civil society organizations, activists, and religious leaders.


These groups engaged in discussions and submitted their position papers to help the committee gather reports, findings, and recommendations on FGM.


Earlier today, July 8, 2024, the committee presented their report to the National Assembly with key recommendations and findings. One of the primary recommendations is to maintain the ban on FGM, thus protecting the rights of women and girls.


The report, presented by the Co-Chairperson of the Joint Committee, Hon. Amadou Camara, member for Nianija, highlighted the necessity of promoting gender equality and ensuring that women and girls are fully protected and free from discrimination.


As members took the floor to discuss the report, Hon. Almameh, member for Foni Kansala who tabled the Bill to lift the ban on FGM, stated, “We are ready to stand firm in a guerrilla war if they want to jail my sisters or mothers because of practicing their culture.”


Hon. Amie Colley, a member of the Joint Committee, expressed her dissent regarding the report. "As a member of the committee, I am not in support of this report. We were supposed to conduct constituency consultations, which we never did," she said.


Despite differing opinions, the report of the Joint Committee on Health and Gender was adopted, with 35 members voting in favor of the adoption, 17 against, and one absentee. This decision underscores the ongoing commitment to protecting the rights and well-being of women and girls by maintaining the ban on FGM.