Zero Tolerance To Female Genital Mutilation

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Under Goal 5 of the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation is a joint effort between the UN, the World Health Organization (WHO) and social activism parties. The customary practice of "female circumcision" has no health benefits and is actually endangering the lives of more than 4 million girls in several countries around the world (more details here), especially in Sudan, where 9 women out of 10 between 15 and 49 have been cut. But things are shifting: a lot of men and women alike think that these practices shouldn't be kept. And it is with delight that we read that the Sudanese government has passed a law on May 1, 2020 to criminalize Female Genital Mutilation. This will probably create a precedent and an example to be followed by other countries who still approve of such practices.

 

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