AMWIK, AIDOS, Anti FGM Board, UNICEF/UNFPA joint programme and representatives of various media institutions in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania held a press conference and joined the global community in recognizing FFM/C as a violation of he human rights of girls and women.
The Statement read by the chairperson of the Anti-FGM board Hon. Lina Jebii Kilimo affirmed that FGM/C reflected the deep rooted inequality between the sexes and constituted an extreme form of discrimination against women and girls and violates a person’s right to health, security and physical integrity.
The partners recognized that Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda had domesticated the provisions many international, regional as well as national legal instruments such as the convention on the elimination of of all forms of discrimination against women (CEDAW), the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC and the protocol to the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights. However the law in itself does not fully deter the practice and hence the need for a multi-pronged strategy.
The partners affirmed the role of the media as a catalyst for social change because it was instrumental in influencing public policy and challenging existing inequalities and norms through its agenda setting role. They called on the media in East Africa to support the campaign to end FGM/C by enhancing its coverage through the improvement of of both quality and coverage of the practice.
Find the Press Statement on the link below.