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Nigeria’s President Signs Off On Banning Female Genital Mutilation

A quarter of women aged 15-49 in Africa’s most populous country have undergone the practice, according to United Nations data.

“Nigeria’s outgoing President Goodluck Jonathan this week signed off on a bill that outlaws female genital mutilation (FGM), also known as female genital cutting, a widespread practice in Africa’s most populous country.

Nigerian women’s rights and public health groups have long campaigned against FGM, removes parts or all of a girl’s genitalia, often at a very young age and without the girl’s consultation or consent, saying that it violates human rights. The procedure has also led to severe health problems.

A quarter of Nigerian women aged 15-49 have undergone FGM, according to 2014 UNICEF data. Reasons for FGM vary by country and by practicing group but the ritual is usually seen as marking a girl as ready for marriage. The practice is also intended to control a girl’s or woman’s sexual appetite, according to a separate UNICEF report.

The Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Act was passed by Nigeria’s Senate in early May and signed off by Jonathan on Monday, according to local media.Women’s health advocates in Nigeria confirmed the development to BuzzFeed News.

The new law seeks to protect women on a range of fronts. It also sets out punishments for offenses such as throwing a spouse out of their home and traditional rituals that discriminate against widows, according to local media reports this week.

Read the full piece here


“If I were president, I would help the most vulnerable.”

The Guardian interviewed eight girls from around the world, asking them about their hopes and dreams for the future. One girl, Ana from Peru, aspires to be a psychologist; another, Caro from Kenya, dreams of becoming a journalist. Many of the girls also revealed deep-seated desires to create positive change in society. Muskan from Pakistan promises to “wipe out terrorism” if she were to become president, while Cindy from Rwanda “would help the most vulnerable and marginalized, and people with HIV.”

Learn more about these girls via The Guardian

“In my village there is one girl who is younger than I am who has not been cut because I discussed the issue with her parents. I told them how much the operation had hurt me, how it had traumatized me and made me not trust my own parents. They decided that they did not want this to happen to their daughter.”

Meaza was 10 when she was subjected to female genital mutilation (FGM). She now campaigns to protect other girls from this harmful practice. FGM is declining in Ethiopia and many countries around the world, but still too many girls are at risk. We must do more.

Meaza is inspiration that by speaking up to say NO to this harmful practice, we can change attitudes and change girls’ lives. Add your voice: http://uni.cf/GS14


5 Facts on Female Genital Mutilation

Key facts:

Female genital mutilation (FGM) includes procedures that intentionally alter or cause injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons.

The procedure has no health benefits for girls and women.

Procedures can cause severe bleeding and problems urinating, and later cysts, infections, infertility as well as complications in childbirth and increased risk of newborn deaths.

More than 125 million girls and women alive today have been cut in the 29 countries in Africa and Middle East where FGM is concentrated (1).

FGM is mostly carried out on young girls sometime between infancy and age 15.

FGM is a violation of the human rights of girls and women.

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16-year-old Alvina Noel died giving birth several days after she was forced to undergo female genital mutilation (FGM). In an effort to crack down on the practice, Kenya has launched a hotline to rescue girls from FGM and child marriages, as well as a prosecution unit to prosecute the crimes.

Christine Nanjala, head of the anti-FGM prosecution unit hopes the hotline will speed up the department’s work. “The line is on 24-7,” said Nanjala. “Any time you make a report, (a staff member) will attend to it, document it and then we react.” 

The unit has already charged two guardians with the murder of a 13-year-old Maasai girl who bled to death in April after being cut and is also investigating Alvina’s death.

Read more via Thomson Reuters Foundationhttp://tmsnrt.rs/Z8LQQZ

Protect Our Sisters From FGM This International Women’s Day (bust magazine)

March 8th is International Women’s Day, yet we still have A LOT to get done before we can confidently say that women around the world are receiving equal rights. In fact, there is a war against the pride and beauty of women’s genitals going on right now — the practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). You can learn more and sign a petition to help end this horrifying practice here. [Rest.]