Posts tagged FGM


FGM in 2018: Should women be allowed to voluntarily practice it and ‘uphold tradition’?

A female Kenyan doctor is pushing for the lifting of the ban on the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM). She claims the ban is unconstitutional and discriminates against ‘national heritage’. Women’s rights activists are up in arms. The question that is raised is this: Is advocacy for women rights about allowing women to dictate their own choices, or does such advocacy extend to preventing those who wish to harm themselves from doing so?


Egypt: Law imposing jail terms up to 15-years for FGM comes into effect

An amended law in Egypt, imposing tougher penalties on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), and reclassifying the practice as a crime rather than a misdemeanour has come into effect. FGM practitioners will now face up to 15 years in jail if found guilty of carrying out the procedure. Although the practice was criminalised in 2008, FGM remains widespread in Egypt, and it is also silently practiced in other African countries. The amended law has been welcomed by anti-FGM campaigners.


WHO publishes guidelines to help prevent FGM and train healthcare providers to tackle health complications

The World Health Organization has produced guidelines for health care professionals to strengthen the fight against, and prevent Female Genital Mutilation. The recommendations include providing tools and training materials to educate healthcare providers on treating sexual and mental health problems associated with FGM. The recommendations were developed to raise awareness of the negative health consequences of FGM.