- Parlimant of the Republic of Uganda
Today, more than 20 million people die each year due to inequalities in global health. More tan 150 million people face unaffordable health care costs each year. And more than 100 million people each year are plunged into poverty.
About 140 million girls and women worldwide are currently living with the consequences of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). More than 125 million girls and women alive today have been cut in the 29 countries in Africa and the Middle East where FGM is concentrated.
If current trends continue, as many as 30 million girls are at risk of being cut before their 15th birthday. It’s no longer enough for any one group or country to take action. What we face is a global crisis that needs a global movement to end Female Genital Mutilation and promote women reproductive health.
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is recognized internationally as a violation of the human rights of girls and women. In some cases, girls bleed to death or die from infections. Later in life, FGM can lead to complications in childbirth and increase the risk of the mother and/or baby dying.
The practice also violates women's rights to health, security and physical integrity, the right to be free from torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, and the right to life when the procedure results in death. Its our duty to protect and observe women rights, end the social, cultural and political causes of Female Genital Mutilation and promote women’s reproductive rights.
WE CAN NOT IGNORE THE CALLS:
Tell the Uganda Government to promote health equity for all, make firm commitments to end Female Genital Mutilation and hold promoters of this practice accountable.
We, the undersigned, insist, that all people have rights to life, health, physical integrity, the right to be free from torture and degrading treatment. Children and women living is remote communities have rights to medical care and necessary social services.
We have stood up to fight for their rights and we are their voice. We insist that the government of Uganda must make firm commitments to end Female Genital Mutilation and promote women’s reproductive rights.
The Eradicate Female Genital Mutilation petition to Parlimant of the Republic of Uganda was written by Ahabwe Mugerwa Michael and is in the category Human Rights at GoPetition.