Deputy Speaker, I hereby move without notice:
That the House -
1) notes that the United Nations, UN, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has launched a global campaign to end the often deadly practice of female genital mutilation in this generation;
2) observes the devastating effects that this practice has had on females all over the world;
3) further notes that more than 125 million women have been mutilated in 29 countries in Africa and the Middle East according to the World Health Organisation, WHO, which condemns the practice as a violation of the human rights of women;
4) recognises that this practice has shattered the dreams, hopes and lives of many females as there are reported incidents of infections, infertility, complications at birth and death of babies emanating from this practice; and
5) calls upon the Southern African Development Community, SADC, the African Union, AU, and the United Nations, UN, to engage in a robust debate on this matter and, possibly, hearken to the clarion call that was made by the UN Secretary-General.