On July 1st 2011, the French Embassy in Uganda announced support provided to the Joint GOU/UNFPA/UNICEF programme towards the accelerated abandonment of FGM/C initiative in Uganda. The Embassy invested 200,000 Euros (700,000,000 Ugandan shillings) to be utilized in six districts to accelerate the abandonment of FGM/C in practicing communities. These districts include Amudat, Nakapiripirit, Moroto, Kween, Bukwo and Kapchowa.
During the grant signing ceremony held at the Embassy in Kampala, H. E. Aline Kuster-Ménager, Ambassador French Embassy in Uganda noted that, “As the pokot community celebrate the Pokot culture day and reinforce the positive cultural practices. I honour and men, women and children who have boldly decided and committed to abandon their cherished practice of FGM/C. It is for this kind of nobel committment that the French Embassy has invested 200,000 Euros to support them to accelerate the abandonment of FGM/C”.
On 1st of July 2011, the cooperation attaché of the French Embassy, Mr. Alexandre Laure, announced a support of UGX 700 m to communities affected by Female Genital Mutilations/ Cutting (FGM/C) during the annual Pokot Cultural day in Amudat district, Karamoja. This celebration was coordinated by Pokot Zonal Integrated Development Programme (POZIDEP).
The French supported project in collaboration with UNFPA, UNICEF and the Government of Uganda aims at eradicating this harmful practice in Uganda by 2012. This will be done in partnerships with selection local NGO and CBO in the following sectors: effective enforcement of the law, local level commitment, media campaign, and partnerships in communities. The initiative will also address the cross-border issue with Kenya.