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Kenya Court Ruling Gives Boost to Fight Against FGM

Kenya Court Ruling Gives Boost to Fight Against FGM

Kenya court upholds a ban on female genital mutilation (FGM) giving a boost to end FGM while one in five Kenyan women (15 to 49 years old) experience serious health problems Kenya’s High Court ruling upholding a ban on female genital mutilation (FGM) will give a much-needed boost to the fight to end the widely […]

Egypt Arrests Father, Nurse For Female Genital Mutilation Of 15-year-old

Egypt Arrests Father, Nurse For Female Genital Mutilation Of 15-year-old

Egypt arrested a father and a retired nurse on Tuesday for carrying out female genital mutilation (FGM) on a 15-year-old girl, after announcing plans to toughen the penalty to 20 years. Police made the arrests a day after the crime was reported to the public prosecution by a doctor in a hospital about 35 km […]

FGM Not a Joke, UNFPA Tells Governors

FGM Not a Joke, UNFPA Tells Governors

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), has told state governors not to take the lingering practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) as a joke. So, the global agency asked them to step up, within their domains, funding and sensitization programmes on the seriousness of the practice as an act of gender-based violence. Dr. Zubaida Abubakar, […]

Egypt’s Cabinet Toughens Law Banning Female Genital Mutilation

Egypt’s Cabinet Toughens Law Banning Female Genital Mutilation

 Perpetrators could be jailed for up to 20 years under amendments aimed at stamping out the ancient practice Egypt’s cabinet has toughened a law banning female genital mutilation (FGM) – imposing jail terms of up to 20 years as part of efforts to stamp out the ancient practice. Nearly 90% of Egyptian women and girls […]

Somali Women Demand Guarantee Of 30% Of Parliament In 2021 Election

Somali Women Demand Guarantee Of 30% Of Parliament In 2021 Election

Women’s rights groups, prominent businesswomen and female politicians in Somalia are urging the country’s male-dominated parliament to pass a bill reserving 30% of seats for women in next year’s general election. Women hold 24% of the 329 seats in Somalia’s lower and upper houses of parliament, according to the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), up from 14% in […]

Three Women Arrested For Aiding FGM

Three Women Arrested For Aiding FGM

Police in Ndoleli, Igembe North on Friday arrested three women for helping five girls undergo female genital mutilation (FGM) on Monday. Also aiding in the investigations are three girls aged 15, 16 and 17, who were found to have already undergone the cut. Two others escaped the dragnet of the local Nyumba Kumi team. Among […]

U.N. To Train Botswana Traditional Leaders To Fight Gender-Based Abuse

U.N. To Train Botswana Traditional Leaders To Fight Gender-Based Abuse

Dozens of traditional leaders in Botswana will take part in a U.N. training programme that aims to help them tackle high rates of gender-based violence in the country, officials and leaders said on Friday. Nearly 70% of women in the southern African nation have experienced physical or sexual abuse – more than double the global average, according […]

Non-Formal Education Helps Senegalese Women Combat FGM and Harmful Practices

Non-Formal Education Helps Senegalese Women Combat FGM and Harmful Practices

Growing up in Senegal’s southern Casamance region — a conflict zone — Fatou Ndiaye, now 43, often heard gunfire and watched fearfully as she saw people flee their villages. But what she dreaded more than a flying bullet was Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). In her Wolof community, village grandmothers or professional circumcisers cut off the […]

UN Calls For End To Practices Threatening Women, Girls Worldwide

UN Calls For End To Practices Threatening Women, Girls Worldwide

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has called for urgent action to stop female genital mutilation, child marriage and other harmful practices carried out against millions of women and girls around the world each year. UNFPA made that call as it presented its State of the World Population report from UN headquarters in Geneva Monday. […]

Coronavirus Puts Millions More At Risk Of Child Marriage And FGM – UN

Coronavirus Puts Millions More At Risk Of Child Marriage And FGM – UN

The coronavirus pandemic is reversing progress on ending child marriage and female genital mutilation (FGM), jeopardising the futures of millions of girls, a senior U.N. official said on Tuesday. “The pandemic both makes our job harder and more urgent as so many more girls are now at risk,” said Natalia Kanem, head of the United […]

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