The oral histories, short stories and poems in this collection in which women in Uganda speak out revolve around the inhumanity of FGM (female genital mutilation). Tradition shrouds the practice in mystery but the societal norms which dictate such cruel interventions in women’s sexual development don’t take their welfare into consideration. It is hoped that after reading these perturbing testimonies by FGM victims, women and young girls in all parts of Uganda — and the world– will take more vigorous steps to denounce the barbaric tradition and reclaim their rights, lives and enjoyment of full womanhood.
Violet Barungi (born 18 December 1943) is a Ugandan writer and editor. She has edited several publications published by FEMRITE. Her published books include the novel Cassandra. She has worked as a book Production Officer at the East African Literature Bureau (1972–77), senior Book Production Officer at Uganda Literature Bureau (1978–94) and an editor at FEMRITE (1997 to date).