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.