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Uganda: Female genital mutilation (FGM) as a cultural practice among the Ankole [Ankore] tribe

Publisher Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada
Author Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada
Publication Date 14 July 2003
Citation / Document Symbol UGA41750.E
Reference 2
Cite as Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Uganda: Female genital mutilation (FGM) as a cultural practice among the Ankole [Ankore] tribe, 14 July 2003, UGA41750.E, available at: [accessed 22 October 2016]
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Specific information to the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) among the Banyankole [Banyankore] tribe could not be found among the sources consulted by the Research Directorate. For information on FGM in Uganda, please consult UGA35323.E of 11 September 2000; UGA34867.E of 19 July 2000 and UGA34274.E of 5 May 2000.

According to Almanach, a Website of dynasties out of Europe based in Brussels, Belgium, "the kingdom of Nkore, a name corrupted in 1901 by the British into Ankole, in western Uganda" (28 Jan. 2003). The people of this kingdom are called "Banyankore (singular Munyankore), whose language is Runyankore" (Almanach 28 Jan. 2003).

This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the Research Directorate within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum. Please find below the list of additional sources consulted in researching this Information Request.


Almach [Brussels]. 28 January 2003. "Ankole, Uganda." [Accessed 10 July 2003]

Additional Sources Counsulted

Africa Confidential

Africa Research Bulletin: Political, Social and Cultural Series

Amnesty International. Female Genital Mutilation - A Human Rights Information Pack

Country Reports 2000-2002

IRB Databases


United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM)

United States (US). Department of State. 2001. Prevalence of the Practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM); Laws Prohibiting FGM and Their Enforcement; Recommendations on How to Best Work to Eliminate FGM.

Women's Human Rights Net

Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)

Women's International Network News (WIN)

Internet sites, including:

Africa Online

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