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Kenya Ends Female Genital Mutilation | Care2 Causes

Kenya Ends Female Genital Mutilation | Care2 Causes

Kenya is the latest African country to ban female genital mutilation (FGM), with the passing of a law making it illegal to practice or procure it or take somebody abroad for cutting. The law even prohibits derogatory remarks about women who have not undergone FGM. Offenders may be jailed or fined or both. What is Female Genital Mutilation? FGM is a traditional practice that may cause severe physical, psychological and sexual problems for the victims, who are usually circumcized at a young age. According to the World Health Organization , female genital mutilation comprises all procedures that involve partial or total removal of the external female genitalia, or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons. FGM is recognized internationally as a violation of the human rights of girls and women. It reflects deep-rooted inequality between the sexes, and c...

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